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Diabetes Could Shave 8 Years Off Your Life

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm

Note from Connie: We've heard quite a bit lately about how diabetes cuts short your life. Now a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that diabetics can expect to live 8 fewer years on average than people who don't have the disease.

Jennifer Moore updates us about this new study, which we learned about from Steven Reinberg of Health Day.

Oscar Franco, M.D. and his team at University Medical Center Rotterdam collected data on 5,200 men and women who participated in the famed Framingham Heart Study, tracking what happened to them until they either got heart disease or passed away.

What the researchers learned is rather distressing. Men aged 50 and older lived on average 7.5 fewer years than non-diabetics. Women with diabetes aged 50 and up experienced an even greater reduction in their life span -- 8.2 years on average.

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