Type 2 diabetes warning as age of diagnosis can dramatically change life expectancy - how to prevent

Man with diabetes

Those diagnosed later in life will live longer

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 16/10/2023

- 14:41

Updated: 16/10/2023

- 16:16

Type 2 diabetes can limit life expectancy but by how much depends on when the condition is developed

Type 2 diabetes is an illness affecting millions of people in the UK.

The life expectancy of those with the condition can vary greatly depending on when it is diagnosed.

Britons can develop the illness because of a number of reasons, such as low activity levels, obesity and nutrition.

Those who do not develop the condition until later in life will have a longer life expectancy than those who develop it at a younger age.

sugary drinks

A bad diet and high sugar drinks can contribute to type 2 diabetes


This is according to a recent study by Diabetes and Endocrinology.

It looked at the link between the age of diagnosis and life expectancy.

Those diagnosed younger are likely to have the shortest life expectancy compared to their counterparts without the illness.

Britons diagnosed at 30 die 14 years earlier than those who do not have the condition at that age.

Those who receive their diagnosis at 40 die 10 years earlier, and those diagnosed at the age of 50 die six years younger than their healthy counterparts.

Earlier death is partly caused because of the link between diabetes and vascular and non-neoplastic conditions.

This comes as a study suggested how to slash the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes tester finger prick

Lifestyle factors and eating habits can affect diabetes


It suggested time restricted eating, such as intermittent fasting, could impact insulin resistance.

Intermittent fasting involves eating within a small time window and fasting for the remaining hours of the day.

Getting colds more often could be an indicator of type 2 diabetes.

A study has shown an increase in infections such as a cold might suggest someone has the illness.

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