In some cases, short term complications such as hypoglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis can also be fatal.
Statistically diabetes results in lower life expectancy than people without diabetes.
People with type 1 diabetes, on average, have shorter life expectancy by about 20 years.
Do most Type 1 diabetics die?
Women with type 1 diabetes had an average life expectancy of about 68 years, compared with 81 years for those without the disease, the study found. Heart disease accounted for the most lost life expectancy among type 1 diabetics, affecting 36 percent of men and 31 percent of women.6 Jan 2015
Can Type 1 diabetes kill you?
When you have type 1 diabetes, blood may not move as well through your legs and feet. If left untreated, this might lead to amputation of your feet. Untreated type 1 diabetes can cause coma. It can even kill you.1 Nov 1999
Do people with type 1 diabetes die earlier?
They found that patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 0 to 10 years of age had quadruple the risk of dying early from any cause compared with controls and were over seven times as likely to die from cardiovascular disease, leading to a loss in life expectancy of approximately 18 years in women and 14 years in men.9 Aug 2018
What happens if a Type 1 diabetic stops taking insulin?
Causes of type 1 diabetes
Without insulin, your body will break down its own fat and muscle, resulting in weight loss. This can lead to a serious short-term condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, where the bloodstream becomes acidic and you develop dangerous levels of dehydration.