Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Heart Disease & Shorter Life

Diabetes continues to present a serious burden among the Black youth of today. From the ages of 10 and younger, Black adolescents are significantly impacted by both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Furthermore, according to a new study, people with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10.

But the study only found an association and didn’t prove cause and effect.

More than 27,000 type 1 diabetics in Sweden were followed for an average of 10 years. The patients were compared with a control group of more than 135,000 people without diabetes.

Compared with the control group, life expectancy averaged 16 years less for people diagnosed withx diabetes before age 10. Those diagnosed at an older age died, on average, 10 years earlier than people without diabetes.

The investigators also found that