Diabetes affects drop out rate, lifetime earnings
January 11th, 2012
09:03 AM ET

Diabetes affects drop out rate, lifetime earnings

(CNN) – Diabetes is contributing to high school dropout rates and reducing lifetime earnings for young people, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.

Researchers found the high school dropout rate among diabetics was 6% higher than the dropout rate among their peers. They also found the likelihood that a diabetic student will attend college is 8 to 13% lower and that over the course of a lifetime, a diabetic could lose more than $160,000 in wages.

About 15,000 people were followed during the 14-year study. Seven to 12-year old students were first surveyed in the mid-1990s. They were then surveyed three more times: 1 year later, 7 years later and the last time in 2008, when they were approaching age 30. The study did not distinguish between type 1, commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes, and the preventable type 2 diabetes, which is usually linked to obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

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  1. joselopezs

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    January 12, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  2. MyBustedPancreas

    This study was really poorly done. First, there was no differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the study. This is a huge flaw because these are two completely different conditions. Type 1 diabetics (and I speak here from personal experience as a type 1 diabetic) are completely dependent on insulin to survive. About 50% of type 1 diabetics are diagnosed as children, and this has HUGE impacts on major life decisions, such as college attendance and the types of jobs pursued. This immediate dependence on insulin (something not seen among type 2 diabetics) means that type 1 diabetics are often forced to take certain jobs.

    The study DID NOT select participants because they had diabetes. Rather, this was a longitudinal study that examined people over a period of time. It was not until the study participants were 30 years old that they were asked whether they had ever been told they had diabetes or high blood sugar. The authors of the paper said they were not able to confidently discern whether subjects had a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This is a HUGE flaw. In addition, their constant reference to obesity makes the paper even more flawed because obesity has NOTHING to do with type 1 diabetes (type 1 is an autoimmune disorder).

    I am so tired of seeing bad research on diabetes. First, there are many different kinds of the condition. In addition, while being obese does increase one's risk of developing the more common type 2 diabetes, about one-third of type 2 diabetics are of NORMAL WEIGHT when diagnosed. There's still a lot about that condition which we don't understand.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  3. Michelle

    I dropped out of school in 1986 at age 15 after being ostracised for checking my blood sugar in class, rather than at the nurses office. Currently, I am contemplating suicide as I cannot keep up, physically nor financially, with life's demands.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Anna

    The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!

    Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

    The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank

    The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

    A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity WITHOUT MEDICATIONS in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    January 11, 2012 at 11:02 am |