Type 2 diabetes poses heightened risk of death from cancer and other maladies

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 23:50 in Health & Medicine

A Type 2 diabetic on average will die six years earlier than non-diabetics, researchers find. Such patients are more likely to succumb to cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, pneumonia and other ailments.A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabetes will lose an average of six years of life as a result of the disease, only one less than would be lost by a long-term smoker of the same age, researchers reported Wednesday.

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