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Can Type 1 diabetes kill you?

Can Type 1 diabetes kill you?

Can type 1 diabetes kill you? If yes, then what steps you should take to avoid fatal complications. Type 1 diabetics are mostly children or young persons and they keep looking for the answers of such questions. Let’s find out today.

Can type 1 diabetes kill you?

Type 1 diabetes also known as juvenile diabetes is developed 90% in young persons and children. Yes, it can kill you but not in everyone case. Certain steps need to be followed like keeping your blood sugar level in control and taking insulin dose properly. If left untreated for a while, you may lose a leg, a hand or a foot and eventually your life. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) state needs to be recovered as soon as possible because it can result in coma and death as well. There are many people who have type 1 diabetes but they don’t know. Therefore, the first important thing is to know as soon as possible when you have developed it because the risk of deadly complications is even higher if not diagnosed on time.

Fatal Complications of type 1 diabetes

When the blood sugar level is not controlled for years, it may lead to long-term complications that can affect some organs. These complications are divided into two types called micro-vascular complications and macro-vascular complications.

Micro-vascular complications

When glucose level is not controlled, it can affect your tiny blood vessels as well as large blood vessels. When tiny blood vessels are affected, you might face micro-vascular complications in which organs like eyes, nerves, and kidneys can get damaged. In the worst scenario, loss of vision, kidney failure and neuropathy can be the consequences.

Macro-vascular complications

When large blood vessels are affected as a result of uncontrolled blood sugar levels, the risk of cardiovascular disease is at a peak. If you are being careless about your blood sugar levels even after the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, chances of getting a heart attack are high.


Hypoglycemia refers to a state when your body is experiencing low blood sugar. Usually, a type one diabetic only experiences hypoglycemia and not hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). A type 1 diabetic should avoid the state of hypoglycemia because it can lead to coma and eventually death. There are three stages of hypoglycemia known as mild, moderate and severe.

How to avoid complications of type 1 diabetes?

Despite all these dangerous complications, surely, there are ways to prevent yourself from getting killed by type 1 diabetes. The positive side is that people have lived more than 50 years happily with type 1 diabetes.


The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is the beginning of all. Many people have developed T1D but they don’t know it. Therefore, it is important to know you have developed t1d as soon as possible. Here are a few major symptoms that you should keep observing in yourself.

Major symptoms of type 1 diabetes

  • Urinating / Peeing frequently
  • Unusual and unnecessary fatigue
  • Extreme hunger
  • Extreme thirst

Family history:

Family history does matter a lot and if your parents or siblings have type 1, you should be aware of the above symptoms and keep checking your blood sugar levels. The percentage of you being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is high when your parents have it and even higher if your siblings have developed it.

Keep your blood sugar in control

To avoid fatal complications of type 1 diabetes like cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and loss of vision, you need to keep your glucose level between 80 to 130 mg/DL and after the meal, not more than 180mg/DL.


Exercise plays a vital role in controlling blood sugar levels especially when you are a t1 diabetic. Make a routine or better join a community to stay motivated and do exercise regularly.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol can spike or lower your blood sugar level but for a t1 diabetic, hypoglycemia state can be seen more often.

Low carb food

An imbalance in the ratio of carbohydrates and insulin you take can cause low glucose levels. In order to control the blood sugar levels, a t1 diabetic should choose low carb foods to eat.

Taking Insulin

Insulin must be taken in the right amount as recommended by your doctor at the right time according to your meals. Only the doctor can tell the right amount required by your body according to your status.

Symptoms of low blood sugar in type 1 diabetics

Low blood glucose is the result of the imbalance ratio of the carbohydrates and insulin in your body. Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, as stated above, can be the cause of dangerous complications. You should and can avoid these complications by the methods discussed above. But there are surely some symptoms of low blood sugar and you must be aware of them especially if you are a t1d.

  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating

Final words

Yes, type 1 diabetes can kill you but not in every case. It depends on you how you deal with your diabetes. If you have developed it, you should keep your blood sugar level in control and take insulin properly. Otherwise, you may lose your hand, foot or a leg and in most severe cases, your life. Blood sugar level needs to be in control in order to avoid dangerous complications. Long-term complications may lead to loss of vision, kidney failure, neuropathy or cardiovascular disease. A type 1 diabetic should be aware of the term hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because it can lead to coma or death as well.

We hope you got a satisfactory answer to your question. Our researchers always to try come up with the best possible answers. Do share your experience if you are a type 1 diabetic in the comment section. Search our blog feed and find more about the latest research and queries. This blog is to help increase your knowledge but in case your case is severe, please visit a specialized doctor.

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