Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of early death in both men and women.
This was revealed in a new medical study in the UK.
A study by Salford Royal Hospital found that women with type 2 diabetes had an average life expectancy of 5 years less than healthy women.
Similarly, the average life expectancy of men with diabetes is reduced by 4.5 years.
The study examined data from nearly 12,000 patients whose health had been monitored for a decade.
3921 patients died during the study.
Research has found that women with type 2 diabetes have a 60% higher risk of early death than healthy women.
In men, this risk increases to 44 percent.
The study also found that smoking shortened the average lifespan of type 2 diabetes patients by 10 years and increased the risk of early death by 100%.
According to research, a diagnosis of diabetes before the age of 65 increases the risk of early death by 93%.
The researchers said the findings suggest that women, smokers or those who develop the disease at a younger age are at greater risk of early death from type 2 diabetes.
He said that from the results people will know how dangerous type 2 diabetes is a disease that can affect every aspect of life.
The results of this study were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference.