Researchers have analyzed a very large number of prospective studies, and concluded that diabetic patients had 2.32 times greater risk of death from vascular disease (heart disease and stroke) than non-diabetics. Analyzing data from 97 published studies, researchers found that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to die six years earlier than a non-diabetic. In comparison, smoking shortens life expectancy by about seven years. Diabetes also increased the risk of cancer by about 25% compared to non-diabetics.
PositiveTip: Type 2 diabetes can largely be prevented by physical activity, a wholesome diet and maintaining an ideal weight.