Older Diabetics Living Longer

A study shows that older Americans with diabetes who were born in the 1940s are living longer and with less disability than those born ten years earlier.

The study, published in the Lancet and reported in sciencedaily.com, found that adults with diabetes born in the 1940s generally become disabled later and were living more years without disability by age 70 than those born in the 1930s.Diabetes treatment

The authors said their findings show that efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, advancements in the management of diabetes and heart disease and the increasing popularity of knee and hip replacements have been successful in reducing the number of years with disability.

However, the authors warned that the trend may not continue as the rates of Type 2 diabetes increase along with the increasing rate of obesity.

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