Does diabetes have a life limit?

By KG66 Latest Reply 2013-12-10 00:08:09 -0600
Started 2013-11-06 11:51:46 -0600

Okay so this drove me crazy. At school some of the older ladies in my course like to ask me questions about my diabetes which is fine (other than when they read over my shoulder to see what my BG is). So yesterday the one lady was talking about this girl she knows with type 1. This is pretty much what she said. "Her goal is to live to 30 years old. That's it. With type 1 diabetes you don't live long." Meanwhile I'm sitting there saying in my head "Excuse me? I am type 1. Are you saying I'm going to die in the next 10 years?" So what I'm wondering is do YOU think diabetes has a life limit? I think not. I know lot's of diabetics that were diagnosed when they were toddlers and are now in their late 50's. Sure if you don't take care of yourself your life could be shorter but still…

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Stevie Nichole
Stevie Nichole 2013-12-10 00:08:09 -0600 Report

We were told at camp that it takes a few years off your life. I just figure I'll live to be 107 so that I'll die at 100… See how that works?

JBPO 2013-11-07 23:01:48 -0600 Report

I was born Nov. 1959 & diagnosed w/ TI Sept. 1966. I've had Type I Diabetes for 47 years & 2 mos. No major complications, never been on a pump, test BG 8-10 times per day, sliding scale injections currently of Humalog based on test results (have used Novolog & probably every type of insulin made since 1966) been using Lantus in p.m. but just started using Levemir as it supposedly causes fewer low BGL's. I tend to have low BGL's,

Sorry to expand - but NO, Diabetes does not have a life limit. Just try to take care of yourself. I also feel getting TI @ a young age is easier to adjust to than developing T2 later in life - less lifestyle changes, especially eating habits.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-11-07 15:26:27 -0600 Report

My best friends grandfather is in his late 80s. He has been type 1 for over 60 years. He has no other health problems. No complications what so ever.

If you live with the disease and take care of yourself, there is no limit. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard- if you take care the way you're supposed to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-06 18:45:21 -0600 Report

A girlfriends mother was 75 when she died from heart failure. She was a T1 diabetic for over 40 years. She worked everyday and retired from her job.

No one knows how long they are going to live and it doesn't matter if you are or aren't diabetic. If you take proper care of yourself, you could live to be a ripe old age. I think people spend far too much time thinking about dying instead of focusing on living. Live your life to the fullest and don't let dying be a part of it because you could be having the time of your life and get hit by a bus later. Live, laugh and take care of yourself.

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:07:34 -0600 Report

Richard is a member here who has won an award for the years he has been diabetic. He's had type 1 diabetes over 60 years. Share that with them.
You can take care of yourself and do all the right things and it may add great many good years to your life over not taking care. But we all have a limit and wheather you think it's predetermined or not, none of us know when the end of it will come.

So here is what I say. Live every moment to the best of your ability. Dare to make a difference and touch other people's lives. Because when all is said and done, it's not the length of time you are here, but the impact that you make while you are here.

jigsaw 2013-11-06 16:47:14 -0600 Report

The bottom line, the better you take care of yourself, the longer you will live! No one, knows how long anyone will live regardless of whether they have diabetes or not. Put a time limit on your life, and the stress alone just might shorten ones life span. Manage your diabetes as best you can, and live your life!

Glucerna 2013-11-06 15:20:05 -0600 Report

I read a report recently that said the life expectancy for PWD is increasing as we learn more about how to manage diabetes. Paying attention to blood pressure, cholesterol/heart health, and not smoking also play a role in life expectancy for everyone, and especially for PWD. YOu're right that taking care of yourself and working closely with your doctor and health care team is the best way to live a long and healthy life. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2013-11-06 13:33:36 -0600 Report

Fellow memeber here Richard157 is 74 and T1 since he was a kid.
Not the dark ages anymore - you'd have to really try to NOT make it to 30.

lorider70 2013-11-06 12:15:56 -0600 Report

I think you hit the nail on the head…your lifespan, diabetically related, will depend on how well you take care of yourself.

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