The mortality of elderly people with diabetes

Diabet Med. 1994 Apr;11(3):250-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1994.tb00267.x.

Abstract

To assess the full effect of diabetes on survival in elderly subjects, residents of Melton Mowbray aged 65, 70, 75, 80, and 85 years were screened by glucose tolerance test and followed up for 4.5 years. Death occurred in 56 of 520 normal subjects, 9 of 44 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance, 7 of 19 newly diagnosed diabetic subjects, and 27 of 52 known diabetic subjects. Diabetic subjects were 4.5 times (95% confidence interval 2.9-7.0) more likely to die than subjects with normal glucose tolerance. Thus elderly diabetic subjects have a substantially increased risk of death compared to their normal glucose tolerant peers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / mortality*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Survival Rate