Life expectancy Diabetes is currently the fifth most common reason for death in the world. Around 1 in 8 people between 20 and 79 years old have their death attributed to diabetes and it is expected to rise. The life expectancy on average now is reduced by:  More than 20 years for people with Type 1 diabetes Up to 10 years for people with Type 2 diabetes However, these figures are based on historical data, and with improvements in modern care taking place, the figures presented could be subject to change in the coming decades. 20 years !!!! Scary but maybe a kick up the *** I need when I fall off the wagon ! Did anyone else know this and what are your thoughts ?