A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that the life expectancy of people with type 1 is increasing.
The study found that people diagnosed with type 1 between 1965 and 1980 lived for an average of 15 years longer than those diagnosed between 1950 and 1964. The increase in life expectancy among the general public during this time was just one year.
The team found that the increase in life expectancy was irrespective of gender of the age at which type 1 was diagnosed. The results are based on participants in a long-term study of childhood onset type 1 diabetes, which began in 1986. Participants, who were an average age of 28 when entering the study and 44 at its completion, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1950 and 1980.
It is already known that mortality rates for people with type 1 have been falling but this is the first study in recent years that has quantified life expectancy
Maebh Kelly, Research Communication officer at JDRF said, ‘The results of this study show the major impact that advances in treatments and technologies have on the lives of people with type 1. By continuing to fund the best research into the cure for type 1 JDRF will continue to advance treatments for type 1 and further increase life expectancy of people with type 1.’