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Review Estimates Risk of Physical Disability in Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is associated with a significantly increased risk of physical disability, according to a meta-analysis published online July 24 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Evelyn Wong, M.B.B.S., from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the risk of disability as a result of diabetes. Twenty-six studies of adults that compared the risk of disability among those with and without any type of diabetes were identified and included in a meta-analysis.

The researchers found that diabetes correlated with a significantly increased risk of mobility disability (15 studies; odds ratio, 1.71; risk ratio, 1.51). There were also significantly increased risks of disability as measured by instrumental activities of daily living (10 studies; odds ratio, 1. 65) and activities of daily living (16 studies; odds ratio, 1.82; risk ratio, 1.82).

"As the world's population ages, diabetes will become more common, increasing the need for disability-related health resources," the authors write. "Costs will be both direct (e.g., for health services, assistive devices, nursing home costs) and indirect (loss of productivity both from individuals and their carers)."

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