How Does Diabetes Kill You?

Many people are being diagnosed with diabetes and the question arising from this is how does diabetes kill you? Well, first of all death is more common with those who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This is diabetes that is diagnosed at a young age and you have had your whole life. Those who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later on in life are less likely to die from it. Type 2 diabetes is easier to control than type 1.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is called juvenile diabetes or even insulin-dependent diabetes. This means that your body is unable to make insulin. This is because your body is attacking the good cells in the pancreas that are supposed to be making the insulin. Insulin is there to help the body use the sugars from the food we eat for energy. Without insulin it is impossible to live. Without insulin your blood sugar level will raise, you will get thirsty, and you will have to pee a lot.

Type 1 Diabetes Problems

Type 1 diabetes can cause a lot of problems in your body if left untreated. If left untreated sometimes it can result in death. Even if your sugars are under control you are more subject to one of these issues:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Stroke
  3. Kidney Failure
  4. High Blood Pressure
  5. Blindness
  6. Nerve Damage
  7. Gum Disease

These diseases are four times more likely to be found in type 1 diabetics over someone who doesn’t have diabetes. Also, when a person has type 1 diabetes their blood may not move as well through their legs and feet. If this is left untreated, it could lead to amputation. If untreated type 1 diabetes can cause coma and even death.


These problems listed above can be prevented. To do this you are going to need to keep your blood sugars under a tight control. In order for this to happen, you need to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, do not smoke, as well as keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low. If you do all of these things listed your risk of having one of these problems decreases by 75 percent.


People with type 1 diabetes turn to insulin for control of their blood sugar levels. People usually take short-acting insulin before each meal. You are able to adjust the amount of insulin based on the amount of calories and sugars you will be eating during the meal.

Too High?

Sometimes, even with treatment, people who have type 1 diabetes will have a high blood sugar. However, how will you know? Simple, check your blood sugar level. Then you will want to see how sensitive you are to insulin. You should test your sugar level at least three times a day, including bedtime. If your sugar is too high, take some short-acting insulin.

Too Low?

Even though your sugars may be generally under control you may encounter a time they are too low. This is called hypoglycemia. It can show up in many different signs including:

  • Yawning a lot
  • Feeling tired
  • Unable to speak or think clearly
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Sweating
  • Twitching
  • Seizures
  • Feeling of lightheadedness
  • Becoming pale