If all the well-published negatives about type 2 diabetes still didn’t convince you to do something, perhaps this recent stat on diabetes life expectancy will: A University of Oxford study has found that diabetes can take up to 10 years off your lifespan.
How’s that for throwing water on your life expectancy?
The study was conducted in China and involved more than a half million people who had been diagnosed with cancer. According to results, the most concrete of their kind to date, those patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes by age 50 are twice as likely to die before they reach 75.
Patients in urban areas lived 9 years less than people without the condition, and patients in rural areas lived 10 years less.
What’s particularly concerning about these diabetes life expectancy stats is that more and more young adults are being diagnosed with diabetes at an earlier age than in the past. That means, unless otherwise prevented, we can expect deaths related to diabetes to continue to increase.
The study also showed, incidentally, a corresponding rise in the risk of death from chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, infection and cancer of the liver, pancreas and breast.
All of these conditions can be traced back to diabetes, researchers say.
Inside The Diabetes Life Expectancy Numbers
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and involved more than 515,000 adults between the ages of 30 and 79. Among participants, 6 percent had diabetes when at the time the study was initiated.
The study found that patients with type 2 diabetes were twice as susceptible to death from diabetes-linked causes such as cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases.
Incidentally, your diabetes life expectancy can decrease if you also have any of these accompanying conditions like:
• Nerve Damage
• Hyperglycemia and Ketoes
• Cardiovascular disease
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol Levels
• Kidney Damage
• Gum Disease
• Digestive Ailments
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes was the leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the actual cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates citing it as contributing to death.
Are you taking diabetes seriously?
Sometimes I sit at the mall watching shoppers pass by. Ever notice the huge percentage of overweight and obese people in our society? Experts say 65% of Americans are now overweight or obese (conditions directly linked to diabetes. That’s around 160 million people. Diabetes affects 8.3% of the population, or around 30.3 million people (as of 2017).
Of that 30 million, 23.1 million have been diagnosed, but another 7.2 million don’t even know they have the disease.
With so many overweight and obese people who have the main cause of the disease (excessive weight, lack of exercise, etc.) but don’t actually have it, how much room is there for diabetes to grow?
Answer: HUGE room for growth. Think what that’s going to do for the already shrinking American life expectancy, including your own.
Diabetes is an epidemic, and it’s only just now getting started.
Can losing weight help you to avoid a diagnosis of diabetes or help you lose the diabetes you already have? Very likely.
How many pounds do you need to lose to get back down to your ideal weight? See ideal weight chart.
What’s keeping you from starting a diet that will change your life and expand your future?
Should you be concerned about your diabetes life expectancy? Asking yourself these questions may be a good place to begin.