Why living with diabetes may affect your life expectancy
Living with diabetes comes with its own set of risks, as mentioned earlier, this disease means that the sufferer’s body is unable to lower its blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar levels for extended periods has been linked to numerous other diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Now in many cases, people with diabetes will often experience bouts of high blood sugar. None-diabetics may experience this all the time and feel fine, but this can be life-threatening to a person with diabetes. For a person with diabetes to have a high blood sugar is very dangerous and can lead to complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and a condition known as diabetic retinopathy. These factors alone can massively reduce diabetics’ life expectancy.
Insulin and other medications
Most diabetics are on some form of the drug known as insulin. Every individual on the planet involuntarily produces insulin in an organ known as the pancreas. This hormone is released into the body to lower your blood sugar, and it also drives nutrients into the cells of the body. Now because people with diabetes cannot produce this hormone, they must consume or inject it every single day. As we all know, drugs and medications can be tricky; they don’t always work and can cause additional complications, which can cause even more issues than before.