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Diabetes Life Expectancy

Tweet After diabetes diagnosis, many type 1 and type 2 diabetics worry about their life expectancy. Death is never a pleasant subject but it's human nature to want to know 'how long can I expect to live'. There is no hard and fast answer to the question of ‘how long can I expect to live’ as a number of factors influence one’s life expectancy. How soon diabetes was diagnosed, the progress of diabetic complications and whether one has other existing conditions will all contribute to one’s life expectancy - regardless of whether the person in question has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. How long can people with diabetes expect to live? Diabetes UK estimates in its report, Diabetes in the UK 2010: Key Statistics on Diabetes[5], that the life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced, as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years. People with type 1 diabetes have traditionally lived shorter lives, with life expectancy having been quoted as being reduced by over 20 years. However, improvement in diabetes care in recent decades indicates that people with type 1 diabetes are now living significantly longer. Results of a 30 year study by the University of Pitts 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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