The risk of dying for people with diabetes has dropped sharply since the mid 1990s, research suggests.
According to a study published in Diabetologica, in 2009 people with diabetes were 1.5 times more likely to die than those without it.
Yet the study shows that in 1996, people with diabetes were twice as likely to die.
Since the mid 1990s, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has doubled, from less than 1.5 million to 3 million.
By looking at data from Canada and the UK, the researchers found that there was a “marked reduction” in excess mortality.
The drop in mortality was noted across all age groups, in both men and women. But the researchers said their findings should be treated with caution.
The improvements could be due to more aggressive treatment, including control of blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as improvements in screening.
Dr Alasdair Rankin, director of research for Diabetes UK, told the BBC that although the research was "really good news" there was still a long way to go.
He said: "Every year many thousands of people with diabetes in the UK are still dying before their time. This is unacceptable and urgent action is needed to further improve the situation."
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