We learned in my class that life expectancy is lowered by about 20 years for people with Type 1 diabetes and about 10 years for Type 2 diabetes. We also talked about increased risks of complications and other health problems due to diabetes.
I wonder what is it about diabetes that triggers so many other problems in the human body. For example, diabetes patients are said to have three times more risk of having a stroke. But why?
If the effects of diabetes on the organs and systems could be prevented and reduced, I think life expectancy for diabetics would improve. If many diabetics actually die of a heart attack, shouldn't we try and figure out how to prevent diabetes from doing this?