Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before the age of 40 increases the risk of early death, according to new research.
A UK study has shown those who develop the condition are 2.5 times more likely to pass away at a younger age, compared with those who are diagnosed after the age of 60.
While the findings are concerning, it is important to recognize that in recent years, many people have managed to fight back against type 2 diabetes and achieve remission. Remission in type 2 diabetes is when blood sugar levels are down to a healthier level without the need for diabetes drugs.
The research team used data from the National Diabetes Audit involving more than 2.7 million people across seven years. Alongside their primary discovery, they also identified that people from a South Asian ethnicity were five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes before they reach 40.