People with intellectual disability are at significantly greater risk of premature death than people without disability. Preventable deaths in young adults with mild disability were mainly due (55%) to epilepsy.
Why this matters
Intellectual disability is defined as a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting in limited intellectual ability and adaptive functioning. Impairment is typically permanent, and people will require lifelong support.
It has been reported that people with intellectual disability have poor physical and mental health compared to the general population, and possibly a shorter life expectancy by up to two decades. A comprehensive investigation of mortality in people with intellectual disability is warranted.