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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsDiabetes · 2 months ago

Is diabetes fatal?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be fatal.

    A type 2 diabetic – whose body doesn't RESPOND to insulin properly (insulin resistance) and so their blood glucose levels rise without medication – could die from diabetes related complications, of which there are many. Type 2 diabetes can be "reversed" in many cases with a healthy diet and exercise. In most cases type 2 diabetes is indeed a lifestyle choice, however it is affected by genetics.

    A type 1 diabetic – whose body doesn't PRODUCE any insulin and thus their blood glucose levels rise without insulin therapy – can die of the same diabetes related complications as T2 if they have poor control of their blood sugar over many years. However, as they don't produce any insulin, they can also go into DKA if they don't receive any insulin for a few hours, which is 100% fatal unless treated, and can result in a plethora of life threatening complications even then. Being on insulin therapy, a type 1 is also at risk of low blood sugar, which at severe enough levels can lead to coma and even death. As it is an autoimmune disease, type 1 is never a lifestyle choice, and there is no cure yet.

    Both type 1 and type 2 can live long, healthy lives without complications if they manage their blood glucose well. However, that's easier said than done.

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  • 2 months ago

    Johnny Cash died at 1:00 A.M. from diabetes complications exacerbated by a massive respiratory failure, on Friday, September 12, 2003. His death came 3 months and 28 days after his beloved wife June.

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  • 2 months ago

    If not taken care of, diabetes can cause death. This is a very nasty disease. Yes, it's a disease! High blood sugar affects the organs in the body. You can even lose your eyesight because of the high blood sugar. Also, diabetes most certainly can interfere with other ailments as well. 

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  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    REAL diabetes?  Yes, absolutely if no available insulin. 

    What we call diabetes II?  Yes, left alone, it or its cause will kill you. 

    The two are not even related. 

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  • 2 months ago

    No. Diabetes can cause problems that lead to death if one does not manage their diabetes, but people can live long lives now by attending to the extra needs that diabetes warrants. {Insulin has been a lifesaver for millions of people.}

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  • 2 months ago

    It can cause organ failure, it doubles a person's risk of cardiovascular disease, eye damage, nerve damage, kidney damage/disease and more

    Diabetes 2 can be reversed by adopting the Ketogenic diet. It's been proven.

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    • Richard2 months agoReport

      Johnny Cash died at 1:00 A.M. from diabetes complications exacerbated by a massive respiratory failure, on Friday, September 12, 2003. His death came 3 months and 28 days after his beloved wife June.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It can be if you don't take care of yourself. An episode where your sugar gets too low, if no one is around and you are too out of it to know can definitely kill you. But also just generally not monitoring it well and eating right can lead to further conditions that can kill you like heart attack, stroke. You are also more open to infection that could lead to sepsis if it gets in the blood stream. You can live a long life if you take care of it well. 

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    not usually, but it can screw up a person who is unaware of the diabetes.....

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No, people have lived for decades with diabetes type 1 or type 2.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, if it is uncontrolled. However, a combination of watching your weight, eating the right foods, taking medications and monitoring your glucose level can help keep it under control.

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