Life expectancy of people with Type 1 diabetes increases dramatically!
Great news presented to us today at the ADA Scientific Sessions:
According to the study, a sample group of Type 1 people with diabetes (PWDs) diagnosed between the years 1965 to 1980 had an estimated life expectancy at birth of 68.8 years, which was approximately 15 years more than that of the Type 1 PWDs diagnosed between the years of 1950 to 1964 (average life expectancy of 53.4 years). The estimated life expectancy of the 1965 to 1980 sample group was only around four years less than that the U.S. general population (72.4 years), whereas the 1950 to 1965 cohort had a life expectancy around 18 years less than the comparable U.S. general population (71.5 years). The estimated 15-year improvement in life expectancy between the two cohorts was independent of the gender or pubertal status at diagnosis.