2021-06-16Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.25646/8331
Healthy life years among people with and without diabetes in Germany
In addition to life expectancy, the length of time a person can expect to remain free of health-related functional impairments is becoming increasingly important both for the individuals concerned and for society at large. The indicator healthy life years used for this purpose is a key figure for mapping mortality and morbidity. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases and can be associated with health-related functional impairments. In 2014, women and men with diabetes could expect to have significantly fewer healthy life years than people without diabetes; this particularly applies to younger and middle-aged groups. Among 30- to 34-year-olds, for example, women and men with diabetes could expect eleven and twelve fewer healthy life years respectively than people without diabetes. These differences narrow with increasing age. Ensuring that people with and without diabetes have a similar length of lifetime free of health impairments is an important task for public health.
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