Although diabetes is not typically thought of as a life-threatening disease in high-income countries, it can drastically impact the lives of people in middle and low-income countries. On average, Chinese adults diagnosed in middle age die nine years sooner than those without the disease. The study included used over 500,000 adults ages 30 to 79 years from 10 different areas of China.
- Most previous studies of diabetes have been in high-income countries where individuals with diabetes are generally well managed.
- Among the participants, 6 percent had diabetes (4 percent in rural areas, 8 percent in urban areas; 3 percent had been previously diagnosed, and 3 percent were detected by screening).
- Diabetes was associated with increased mortality from ischemic heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, infection, and cancer of the liver, pancreas and female breast.
“Most previous studies of diabetes have been in high-income countries where individuals with diabetes are generally well managed.”