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If you have type 1 diabetes, you must take daily insulin injections to keep your blood glucose in a normal range. Your body produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone that helps your body convert food into energy. Without insulin, you would die. If you have type 2 diabetes, the answer to this question is much less clear. Many people can keep their blood glucose in a healthy range without medications (either oral diabetes medications or insulin injections) if they lose weight and keep their weight down, are regularly physically active, and follow a meal plan that helps them keep portion sizes under control and helps them spread the amount of carbohydrate they eat at each meal throughout the day. Eventually, however, many people with type 2 diabetes find that despite their best efforts, weight control, exercise and diet aren't enough to keep their blood glucose in a healthy range. This is not unusual. One theory is that some people's insulin-producing cells just get tired out from having to produce more and more insulin because their cells are resistant to the effects of insulin. If your healthcare team tells you that you need to take oral diabetes medications or insul Continue reading >>

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  1. Melissa n ms

    i am looking to find out how long it will take for type 2 diabetes to kill you. Or rather you suffer complications that could kill you. How high must your sugars be and for how long before it can happen?

  2. alan_s

    Melissa n ms:
    i am looking to find out how long it will take for type 2 diabetes to kill you. Or rather you suffer complications that could kill you. How high must your sugars be and for how long before it can happen?
    G'day Melissa.
    Sorry, we cannot answer any of those questions. The answers are completely different for each individual and mostly unknown even if you know all the details about a person's diabetes problems.
    Why do you ask? Do you have diabetes yourself or are you asking on behalf of another person?

  3. Melissa n ms

    I am asking on behalf of myself. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago. My current A1C is about 9.5. I have begun to spill glucose and protein in my urine. Just curious how long this will take.
    Thank you anyway

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