Risk to di­a­betes pa­tients

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Di­a­betes pa­tients are more likely to die from al­co­hol­re­lated fac­tors, ac­ci­dents or sui­cide, new re­search has found.

A study pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of En­docrinol­ogy sug­gests the in­creased risk of death from these causes may be re­lated to the men­tal health of pa­tients, due to the psy­cho­log­i­cal bur­den of liv­ing with di­a­betes.

Re­searchers in Fin­land found di­a­betes pa­tients who re­quired reg­u­lar self-in­jec­tions of in­sulin were more likely to die from these fac­tors.

By 2025 it is es­ti­mated that di­a­betes will af­fect around one in ev­ery seven adults in the UK.

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