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Friday, March 7, 2014
My Life Expectecny
I am 58 years old and diagnosed 2 months ago with Type 2 diabetes. How many years, if any, will this diagnosis shorten my life?
Although individuals with diabetes are living longer today than in the past, recent studies suggest that a 50 year-old person with diabetes has a shortened life of 8.5 years compared to those who do not have diabetes; if he or she is diagnosed at age 60 years, the shortened life is 5.4 years. Of course, the key to living a longer and healthier life is having good blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar control, not smoking, and getting good aerobic exercise.
W. Fred Miser, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University