Untreated, diabetes can lead to problems like heart disease and bladder problems. Fortunately, there are options available to manage the condition in either form.


Can diabetes kill you? 

In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths worldwide were attributed to diabetes.

While diabetes cannot directly kill someone, complications from it can; these complications include heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. However, being proactive about managing diabetes can reduce the risk of these complications.

What is the prognosis for type 2 diabetes? 

Type 2 diabetes is often treatable through a combination of medicine and changes to diet and exercise. It is possible to go into remission for type 2 diabetes, meaning people can go off their medication. However, diabetes does not have a cure and can return even after remission. 

Is diabetes type 2 fatal? 

Type 2 diabetes is only fatal when complications from diabetes become serious, such as those mentioned above.  

What is the life expectancy of a child with type 1 diabetes? 

On average, people with type 1 diabetes live 20 years less than people without the disease. 

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