Health effects of Diabetes

Diabetes is associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, nephropathy, foot ulcers, lower limb amputations, retinopathy and overall mortality. The resulting complications and the lifestyle modifications needed in managing the disease could significantly reduce the quality of life for diabetes patients. Many of those with diabetes face a multitude of barriers to quality diabetes care and self-care, including financial barriers and psycho-social problems. The project will use a longitudinal study of people with and without diabetes to quantify diabetes complications, quality of life, psychological distress and mortality.