Long-lasting medical supplies for long-living diabetes patients
People with diabetes are living longer and more active lives, and diabetes medical supplies are available for just such a specific lifestyle. According to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, researchers knew that the life expectancy of diabetic individuals has been on the rise but it was unclear if quality of life was improving proportionally. Thus, said senior author Dr. Edward Gregg of the CDC and his fellow researchers set out to determine whether diabetics living longer were in a disabled state. To that purpose, they analyzed data from a U.S. study of 50- to 70-year-olds born from 1931 to 1941 and another group born between 1942 and 1947. All told, 1,367 were diabetics and 11,414 were not.
Healthcare and medical advances as well as affordable medical supplies are contributing to the prolonged life spans of people with diabetes. But these patients are also having more active lives. Gregg et al found that people born later enjoyed more years of life and that many of those were spent without a disability. Additionally, they developed diabetes and spent less time being disabled. “What we're seeing is that lifespans are increasing and mortality rates are decreasing over time,” Gregg told Reuters. “Really the most substantial finding is the number of active years is increasing.”
However, the study could not single out the reasons that these people are having longer and more active lives. “We do know some very basic things can make a big difference,” said Gregg, such as follow-up doctor’s appointments, managing risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol, exercising and keeping a healthy weight. The findings also account for the possibility that some patients became disabled but got better later on. Dr. Evelyn Wong, of Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia warns in a complementary editorial that participants in the studies were only monitored until they turned 70.
According to Wong, the projected global increase of people with diabetes means that the cost of keeping those people from becoming disabled may be dear. “Studies to investigate the costs associated with this postponement of disability” should be next in line, she writes. Luckily, Discount Medical Supplies has a wide variety of medical supplies for the management of diabetes at great prices, including but not limited to diabetic shoes and socks, storage accessories, glucose control solution, glucose meters, test strips, syringes, lancets, and more.