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The prevalence of diabetes in China has quadrupled in recent decades with 100 million adults now affected. Because the increase in diabetes is recent, the full eventual effect on mortality is unknown.

A study published today in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) shows that, in China, people with diabetes diagnosed in middle age lose, on average, nine years of life, mainly due to inadequate treatment, particularly in rural areas.

Read more (Nuffield Department of Population Health website)