After being diagnosed, most people with diabetes want to know how the condition will affect the length and quality of their life. Each individual varies, but maintaining healthy blood sugar levels often has the largest influence on life expectancy.
Relatively few studies have examined the link between diabetes and life expectancy, especially on a large scale. As a result, doctors aren’t entirely sure how diabetes relates to how long people with the condition will live.
Fast facts on diabetes and life expectancy:
- While some estimates exist, there is no way to know exactly how diabetes will affect life expectancy.
- Type 2 diabetes is thought to have less of an effect on life expectancy than type 1 because people typically develop the condition much later in life.
- Generally, anything that helps maintain or contribute to healthy blood sugar levels can reduce the toll diabetes takes.
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