The Lifespan of a Diabetic
Been Diabetic – Fight Your Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes typically shows up later in life, although the incidence in younger people is
increasing. The disease, which is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar), or hyperglycemia,
usually results from a combination of unhealthy lifestyle habits, obesity, and genes. Over time,
untreated hyperglycemia can lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Type 2 diabetes also
puts you at risk for certain health conditions that can reduce your life expectancy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the 7th most common
cause of death in the United States. However, there is no defining statistic to tell you how long
you’ll live with type 2 diabetes. The better you have your diabetes under control, the lower your
risk for developing associated conditions that may shorten your lifespan.
The top cause of death for people with type 2 diabetes is cardiovascular disease. This is due to
the fact that high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, and also because people with
type 2 diabetes often have high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and other factors that
increase the risk of heart disease.
Life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced, as a result of the
condition, by up to 10 years.