Diabetes Ups Death Risk, Study Shows

Diabetes sufferers are 80 percent more likely to die prematurely than those without the disease. But, its not just diabetes thats killing them.

New research suggests diabetes also raises the risk of dying prematurely from a host of other ailments.

"It's quite a wide sweep of conditions," Dr. John Danesh of Cambridge University in Britain, who led the team of researchers, told the Associated Press. While most people think of heart problems or stroke, diabetes "appears to be associated with a much broader range of health implications than previously suspected."

Looking at data from 97 studies representing more than 820,000 people, researchers found that 40 percent of people with high blood sugar died from non-cardiovascular causes.

People with Type 2 diabetes are also more likely to die from kidney disease, liver disease, pneumonia, infectious diseases and even intentional self-harm, according to the study. Risks of dying from some kinds of cancers, including ovarian, pancreatic, colorectal, breast, bladder, and lung, were also increased, though more modestly.

According to the new research, Type 2 diabetics are also about three times as likely to die of kidney disease, 2.4 times as likely to die of pneumonia or other infections and 2.3 times as likely to die of liver disease.

Those with the disease were also 70 percent more likely to die of falls, 64 percent more likely to die of mental disorders and 58 percent more likely to die of intentional self-harm, the study showed."Diabetes is often seen as a condition rather than an illness, something you can live with," Dr. David M. Kendall, chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Assn., told the Los Angeles Times. "Well, in fact, this shows that it is associated with a significant risk of both morbidity and mortality."
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