Early death – who is at risk?

A new UK study reveals that women and young people with Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of early death.

A new UK study has found that women with Type 2 diabetes (TD2) may live five years less than average; and being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at a younger age may reduce life expectancy by more than eight years.

The research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting in Stockholm, examined data from over 12 000 English patients with T2D over a 10-year period and found that the risk of early death was 84% higher in people with diabetes.

Women with T2D had a 60% increased chance of an early death and may live five years less than the average woman. While men with T2D had a 44% increased risk of an early death and may live four and half years less.

Smoking shortened life expectancy of people with T2D by 10 years and being diagnosed with T2D before the age of 65 reduced life expectancy by over eight years.

Diabetes in South Africa

South Africa has one of the highest rates of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 4.6 million South Africans have diabetes, half of whom are undiagnosed. And at least 95% of T2D is caused by being overweight or obese, an issue that affects half of all South African adults.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and COVID has highlighted the significant burden of the disease, but it can be managed by following a holistic approach to health.

Holistic approach to health

Optimise your heath by maintaining healthy blood glucose levels and a healthy weight whether you have diabetes or not. At least 80% of people with pre-diabetes are unaware that they have it, so make sure to follow a healthy diet rich in nutrients and foods as close to nature as possible.

Increase intake of fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein, fatty fish, brown rice, legumes and beans. Plan healthy meals ahead, exercise regularly, manage stress, avoid processed and sugary foods, and avoid smoking.

* This article is attributed to Natroceutics.