Diabetes might reduce lifespan by 9 years
The occurrence of diabetes in china has quadrupled in recent decades with 100 million adults now affected.
The study found that people with diabetes had twice the risk of dying during the follow-up period compared to other study participants.
Diabetes was associated with increased mortality from a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, infection, and cancers of the liver, pancreas and breast ."in recent decades, Chinese adult mortality rates have been felling but this decrease will be slowed or even halted by diabetes, unless there is substantial improvement in treatment.
Diabetes was more common in urban than rural areas of china (8 percent vs. 4 percent respectively),but the associated in urban areas.
The risk of dying from inadequately treated acute complication of diabetes (diabetes ketoacidosis or comma) was four times as great in rural as in urban areas and even in urban areas it was much higher than in western populations.
Although three-quarters of those known to have diabetes were being treated, their mean blood glucose levels remained much too high and few were being given cardiovascular protective medication, such as statins and blood pressure-lowering treatments.