Dr Adrian Heald, from Salford Royal Hospital, added: “Our modeling suggests that type 2 diabetes has a greater impact on life expectancy in women, smokers and those diagnosed at a younger age.

He continued, “For example, a woman with diabetes may live five years less than the average woman in the general population, but someone who develops the disease at a young age may lose eight years of life.”

Raising awareness among diabetics about their risk of early death may motivate them to make lifestyle changes.

“Doing so makes the health advice they receive seem more relevant, so helping them make changes can improve their quality and life expectancy,” Dr Heald added.

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