Diabetes Can Shorten Life by 6 Years, the headline screamed.
“A 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease…”
Oh my! I know a 50-year-old who happens to live with diabetes. What can be done to help her avoid this awful fate?
Turns out they don’t know. The researchers don’t know why people with diabetes tend to die earlier.
“The analysis used pooled medical information for 820,900 people from nearly 100 studies done mostly in Europe and North America.”
They put a bunch of data from other studies into a one big pool and came up with…a statistic. That’s it. No attempt at analyzing how well or poorly these people managed their health. No attempt to try to determine the link between diabetes and an early death. All they did was some simple math.
“Exactly how diabetes raises those risks isn’t clear…”
Okay. This is not helpful.
The article doesn’t really say anything new about health complications associated with diabetes. Just read any of the of the hundreds of books or medical websites about diabetes and they will all say that people with diabetes are at risk for many other health issues—some of them fatal.
We don’t need the bogeyman of death to tell us how serious diabetes is. What we need is practical, effective advice on how to manage the disease well.