New Study Highlights Diabetes Threat to Quality of Life
reveals more years with disability for older diabetics
people aged 65 with diabetes live on average 6 years less than their
counterparts without diabetes and spend fewer years active, concludes a
University of Leicester-led study reported in the latest edition of the Journal
of Public Health Medicine.
from the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield and the National
Demography Institute in Paris used information from routine health checks of the
over-75 year olds as part of the larger Melton Mowbray Ageing Project, in
association with the Latham House Medical Practice.
calculated active life expectancy, able to perform basic personal care
activities, such as bathing, dressing and mobility around the house, and found
that by the age of 85 diabetics spent 32% of their remaining life active
compared to 42% for those without diabetes.
Carol Jagger, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Leicester who led
the research team, said: “The continued rise in life expectancy and the
increase in obesity will result in greater numbers of older people with
diabetes, with a major impact on health service use in the future.
concluded “We have demonstrated how Primary Care Trusts can monitor the health
of their older people through Healthy Active Life Expectancy, a key target for
the National Service Framework for Older People”.
Further information is available from Professor Carol Jagger, Professor
of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of
Leicester, telephone +44 (0)116 252 3211, FAX +44 (0)116 252 3272, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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