Diabetes (Mellitus, Type 1 and Type 2) (cont.)
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It is not yet known how to prevent type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, however, can be prevented in some cases.
If you or someone you know already has diabetes, the focus should be on preventing the complications, which can cause serious disabilities such as blindness, kidney failure requiring dialysis, amputation, or even death.
Diabetes is a leading cause of death in all industrialized nations. Overall, the risk of premature death of people with diabetes is twice that of people who do not have diabetes. Prognosis depends on the type of diabetes, degree of blood sugar control, and development of complications.
Type 1 diabetes
About 15% of people with type 1 diabetes die before age 40 years, which is about 20 times the rate of that age group in the general population.
Type 2 diabetes
The life-expectancy of people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their 40s decreases by 5 to 10 years because of the disease.
Support Groups and Counseling
You may wish to join a support group with other people to share your experiences. The American Diabetes Association is an excellent resource. Your health care provider will have information about local groups in your area. The following groups also provide support:
American Association of Diabetes Educators
American Dietetic Association
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2015
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