Strong link of diabetes and physical disability seen in later life

A new study published in the journal the “Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology” has thrown light on a strong nexus between people who have diabetes with having a much higher chances of developing physical disability in the later stages of their life. Older people with diabetes are fifty to eighty percent more likely to develop physical disability than those without as per the review of 26 studies. However, no distinction was made between type-1 and type-2 diabetes but most of the data that was collected involved people over the age of 65 and those who are more likely to have type-2 diabetes.

A systematic review of data showed that diabetes was associated with a 71% has increased odds of mobility with an increased relative risk of 51% in patients with an average age of 55 years as per the study carried on by Evelyn Wong, MPH of the Alfred Center in Melbourne, Australia and colleagues. Disability is normally defined as the impaired mobility and inability to perform day-to-day activities such as bathing, eating, shopping or using transport.


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