Diabetes ages you 1.5 years for every year you live. For example, get it at age 30 and live to 60, you're not really 60, but you have the energy and disability risks of a 75-year-old.
Type II diabetes makes sugar build up in your bloodstream rather than directly into your cells. That causes weakness in the seals between cells in your arteries allowing cholesterol to seep in. It also causes sugar to attach to proteins and make them less effective. That causes a host of health problems. For example:
- It increases your blood pressure.
- It increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes, memory loss, kidney failure, eye problems, arthritis and lung disease.
- It decreases your ability to fight off infections.