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Morbidity
Diabetes places a huge burden of illness on sufferers and society. People with
diabetes in the age group 45-64 years are 23 times more likely to be registered blind
than the non diabetic population of the same age. Diabetic retinopathy is the lead
cause of blindness in this age group. Diabetes often affects the kidneys and up to 40%
of people who develop Type 1 diabetes before the age of 30 years can expect to
develop diabetes related nephropathy. A significant number of these will progress to
renal failure requiring long term renal dialysis treatment. 30% of people with diabetes
develop diabetic neuropathy leading to a range of problems including from foot
ulceration, sexual difficulties, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death.
Mortality
It is thought that 20 000 people per year die prematurely because of diabetes
associated disease. Most of these deaths are from the macrovascular complications of
diabetes such as myocardial infarcts and cerebrovascular accidents. The number of
people dying prematurely in the diabetic population is double that of the non diabetic
population.


Morbidity and mortality associated with poor diabetic control Video