People with diabetes who had annual diabetes checks in the previous seven years had half the mortality rate of those who did not attend.
This study in England and Wales for the National Diabetes Audit 2015-16 also revealed that type ones have a mortality rate 127.8% more than the general population and those with type two diabetes are 28.45 more likely to succumb earlier than they otherwise would.
My comment: These seem very disturbing figures especially for type ones. Of course type ones are still not being guided about having normal blood sugars. There could be a reverse causality here going on as well, with the least fit people, perhaps housebound or with amputations or with visual problems less able to attend clinics. In my area there is a good deal of effort put into tracking down children who don’t attend clinics, but once they move to the adolescent and adult clincs there does not seem to be the provision of liaison nurses to do outreach work.
Adapted from news article BMJ 22 July 17