A new report by the University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, indicates that over the age of 50, diabetic men and women have a shorter lifespan by up to seven years.
Furthermore, those people over 50 who suffer from the disease face a greater risk of associated health problems such as heart disease. Researchers found that diabetic men over 50 lived on average for 7.5 years less than men without, and female diabetics lived for 8.2 years less.
The authors of the study reportedly commented: “Having diabetes at 50 years and older represents not only a significant increase in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and mortality but also an important decrease in life expectancy and life expectancy free of cardiovascular disease. These findings underscore the importance of diabetes prevention for the promotion of healthy ageing.”

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