Study: Diabetes causes loss of life in Chinese patients
People in China diagnosed with diabetes in middle age lost an average nine years of life, according to a new study.
The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said that inadequate treatment, particularly in rural areas, was mainly to blame for that loss.
The prevalence of diabetes in China has quadrupled in the past decades, with an estimated 100 million adults now affected — more than any other country worldwide, but the full eventual effect on mortality is unknown.
In the study, researchers from the University of Oxford and Peking University examined the association of diabetes with mortality in 500,000 adults from 10 areas scattered throughout China.