Diabetes Doesn’t Doom Seniors to Disability: MedlinePlus



Study found increase in ‘good’ years of life in recent decades

By Robert Preidt
Monday, June 13, 2016

HealthDay news imageSATURDAY, June 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — American seniors with diabetes are starting to live longer without disabilities, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from national surveys and found that adults with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who were born in the 1940s generally became disabled at an older age than those born in the 1930s.

Still, the study also found that after age 50, those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes had a shorter life expectancy before age 70 and more years of living with disability than those without diabetes.

“Over the past two decades, we have seen an increase in the length of good disability-free years of life in older Americans aged 50 to 70, both with and without diabetes,” said study author Dr. Barbara Bardenheier, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Our findings suggest that efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, advancements in the management of diabetes and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, and the increasing popularity of procedures such as hip and knee replacements have been successful in ‘compressing disability’ — reducing the number of years with disability into later years,” she said.

 

Full story – at Source: Diabetes Doesn’t Doom Seniors to Disability: MedlinePlus

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