Diabetes did not increase early retirement, study

A Finnish study examined diabetes and work loss due to early retirement during the work careers of approximately 13,000 people.


A new study by the University of Jyväskylä focuses on diabetes and work loss due to early retirement. The study conducted on 13,000 people born in Helsinki between 1934 and 1944 suggests something surprising.

Those with an analysis of diabetes had less work-misfortune years than those without such a finding. Among the individuals who resigned early, the ones with diabetes worked, all things considered, two years longer than did the ones without diabetes.

During the time when a study was conducted, retirement was followed up on between 1971 and 2011. Amid that time, around 63% of the partner individuals progressed to incapacity, joblessness or low maintenance annuity, or kicked the bucket before accepting their benefits.

Of the partner, 37% progressed to seniority benefits. The discoveries were comparative for men and ladies. The partner individuals have been followed up from the ages of 20 to 30 and data from various exceptional Finnish registers have been consolidated to this information.

Premature mortality before retirement was also explored. Of the cohort, almost eight percent died before transitioning to their pension. Almost a third transitioned to a disability pension. The leading causes of disability pension were mental disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.

Docent Mikaela von Bonsdorff from the University of Jyväskylä said, “In previous studies, the follow-ups have been shorter and thus the long-term consequences of diabetes on work carriers have been less well studied. In our study, 7.5% of the men and 4.3% of the women had a record of diabetes at some point during their working careers. The information on diabetes was extracted from inpatient and outpatient records and from purchases and special reimbursements of diabetes drugs. The first records of diabetes date back to 1964.”

Professor Johan Eriksson from the University of Helsinki said, “In earlier studies, the consequences of diabetes were primarily investigated around the retirement transition, which might influence the findings in a significant way.”

“Our findings indicate that comprehensive diabetes care is beneficial not only for the individual but also for society. Recent findings from a Danish study (STENO-2 follow-up) show that type 2 diabetes did not increase premature mortality, provided that the disease was treated properly. This supports our present findings.”

The study is can be read online here- DOI 10.1007/s00592-018-1119-x.

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