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Dr. Mirjeta Guni

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Posted on Sun, 6 Jan 2019 in General Health
Question: Hello Dr, Can a patient with type 1 diabetes and solitary kidney lead a normal life and how long will be their life expectancy?
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Answered by Dr. Mirjeta Guni 57 minutes later
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About diabetes and life expectancy;

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking!
A patient with a single kidney has a life expectancy as a normal patient, while the life expectancy of a patient with type 1 Diabetes depends a lot on his/her ability to keep normal blood sugar and on the age when she/he is diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes.
If a patient with type 1 Diabetes (with insulin pump or multiple insulin injections per day) maintains Hba1c under 7%, his life expectancy is not affected by Diabetes. But if blood sugar prtsists high for many years, chronic complications may get installed within 5-10 years.
So, life exctancy is individual i would say
Only try to keep normal blood sugars.
Hope the information will help.
Best wishes,
Dr.Mirjeta
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