Its still really, really important for Type 2 Diabetics to control their blood sugar with good nutrition. People with type 2 diabetes carry a 15 percent increased risk of premature death compared to healthy people, but when they poorly control their blood sugar levels, their risk is even higher.
Really interesting is that the risk is greater in younger people than in older people:
“What you begin to see is the increased risk of mortality in diabetes is highest the younger you are,” Ratner said. “The significant impact is really in those individuals under the age of 75, and it gets progressively greater as you go younger.”