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How Long Can People Live on Dialysis with ESRD and Diabetes Live

2013-01-12 14:19

Diabetes is the leading cause of ESRD. When facing ESRD, the patients feel pretty scared. How long they can live on dialysis is a concerned question for them. But the answer depends on a number of variables.

Most of people with ESRD have started dialysis. Those undergoing dialysis treatments possess a very general, average life span of four year. However, many patients may enjoy a bountiful life for as long as 25 years. Some statistics show that the survival rate of diabetes on dialysis is 71 percent through one year, 29 percent through five years and 11 percent after 10 years. How long can people on dialysis with ESRD and diabetes live is affected by the following factors.

Other health issues

Diabetes is a systemic metabolic disorder and can cause a number of complications. Cardiovascular disease is more common among diabetics than non-diabetes patients. It is a significant risk factor in shortening the patients’ life span. Other health issues like neuropathy, hyperlipidaemia, etc are also can affect how long they can live. Additionally, some issues associated with dialysis can affect their life significantly. Infection is commonly seen in dialysis patients. It is an important death cause of the patients.


Younger people with diabetes and ESRD on dialysis can live longer than older patients. For example, 88 percent of those under the age of 20 will live through five years of dialysis. Just 21 percent of dialysis patients between 65 and 74 years of age will survive through five years.


Life span can improve with more advanced treatments. If the patients have the opportunity of getting kidney transplant, they will be able to live longer than those on maintenance dialysis. Additionally, if the patients with diabetes and ESRD on dialysis can have an improvement in their renal function, their life span will certainly be extended.

The above are the common factors which can affect the life span of people with diabetes and ESRD on dialysis. If you want an evaluation of your life span, please consult us on line.

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