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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.

Diabetes Care 2008 published online 19 February.

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