Diabetes Forecast

Trio of Conditions Lowers Life Expectancy

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

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It’s a fearsome threesome: Having diabetes, a stroke, and a heart attack multiplies eightfold the risk for death by age 60. With only one of those three conditions, the risk is doubled; with two, it’s quadrupled. Those were the findings from a study involving nearly 700,000 adults who were followed for an average of 13 years and whose life expectancies researchers calculated. At age 60, people with all three conditions lost about 15 years of life compared with those who had none of the conditions. But lifestyle changes and some medications can help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who already have diabetes, so be sure to ask your doctor about how you can cut your risk.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online July 7, 2015



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