Gaps in life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes

Diabetologia. 2016 Jun;59(6):1150-2. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-3943-2. Epub 2016 Apr 5.


Two papers in this issue of Diabetologia present recent trends in life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes, one using data from an Australian registry (Huo et al, DOI: 10.1007/s00125-015-3857-4 ), the other, a Swedish registry (Petrie et al, DOI: 10.1007/s00125-016-3914-7 ). This commentary provides a brief review of the concept of the period life expectancy and complexities regarding applicability to patients, before summarising and discussing the main results of the two papers. In addition, some remaining relevant knowledge gaps are discussed.

Keywords: Clinical; Clinical epidemiology; Epidemiology; Human; Life expectancy; Mortality; Registries; Type 1 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / mortality
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Middle Aged
  • Young Adult