Type 1 diabetes raises mortality five-fold in younger people
Young people with type 1 diabetes are almost five times more likely to die than young people without the disease, according to data from a Yorkshire disease register.
Mortality rates and causes of death were studied in 4,246 people with diabetes aged under 30, followed up for just over 12 years.
Overall they had a 4.7 fold excess mortality risk but the increase was especially high – at 6.2 - in the 15 to 29 age group.
Results suggest 44% of the deaths were due to disease complications but 22% were attributed to accidents or violence including six per cent who had committed suicide. Sixteen per cent of deaths were related to drug misuse including insulin.