Diabetes patients diagnosed at young age 'at greater risk'
They live 16 years shorter on average than people without diabetes.
Patients who are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age have greater risk of heart problems and shorter life expectancy, a study has found.
They live 16 years shorter on average than people without diabetes and 10 years shorter than those diagnosed at an older age.
Scientists behind the study say it highlights the need to consider earlier use of cardioprotective measures like statins and blood pressure lowering drugs.
Their findings suggest that individuals people before the age of ten have a 30-times greater risk of serious cardiovascular problems.
Study co-author professor Naveed Sattar from the University of Glasgow said: "While the absolute risk levels are higher in individuals who develop diabetes when older, simply due to age being a strong risk factor, the excess risk compared to healthy controls is much higher in those who developed diabetes when younger.
"If this higher excess risk persists over time in such individuals, they would be expected to have highest absolute risks at any given subsequent age.
"Indeed, those who develop Type 1 diabetes when under 10 years of age experience the greatest losses in life expectancy, compared to healthy controls.
"This is something we did not fully appreciate before."
The study was published in the medical journal The Lancet.