Diabetes (Mellitus, Type 1 and Type 2) (cont.)
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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/3/2014
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