This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Type 1 diabetes cuts lifespan by more than a decade

Written by: | Published:

Type 1 diabetes has been found to reduce lifespan Type 1 diabetes has been found to reduce lifespan

Until the early years of the last century, most children with diabetes slipped into fatal comas within a few months of developing the disease.1 Insulin's introduction in 1922 and improvements in care over the last 20 to 30 years – including home blood glucose testing, earlier detection and improved management of complications – transformed the prognosis for type 1 diabetes (T1D).
A new paper reported that life expectancy at 20 years of age for T1D patients in Scotland is still more than a decade shorter than the general population's.2 Meanwhile, Diabetes UK's recent State of the Nation report noted that 'some people with diabetes' including those with T1D receive 'considerably worse routine care than other people with diabetes' leaving them at risk of serious complications, disability and premature death.3
Previous estimates of the loss of life expectancy in people with T1D ranged from 20 to 27 years. The new study sampled 24,691 people and so provides 'estimates that reflect actual contemporary death rates'. During the study, which ran from 2008 to 2010, 1043 people died.2
For 20 year olds with T1D, life expectancy was a further 46.2 years, compared to 57.3 years for men without diabetes. So, T1D reduced lif

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.