Complications From Diabetes

September 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Diabetes Information

With all the medical advances in the treatment of diabetes mellitus and with people becoming more knowledgeable about their risk of getting the disease, it seems as if we are conquering the battle that is diabetes mellitus. Those who have the disease know how to manage their diabetes by eating healthy, exercising more often and taking their diabetes medication to live longer and healthier lives.

This is good news; however, doctors need to continually underscore how serious diabetes mellitus can be; that it is a very dangerous disease and one that can result in deadly complications.

Diabetes mellitus can severely affect your risk of heart disease including coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries.

Nerve damage can result from too much sugar damaging the walls of the capillaries. Tingling, burning or numbing sensations, which begin in the toes or fingers and gradually expands upwards can be the result of inadequate managing of one’s blood sugar. This could cause you to lose a sense of feeling in the limbs. If any foot damage is left untreated such as a cut or sore, this can lead to dangerous complications such as an amputation.

If the nerve damage is done to the gastrointestinal tract, a patient could experience diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. If the nerve damages happen in the liver the result could be kidney failure requiring dialysis or a liver transplant.

Diabetes can lead to blindness or other vision conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts. The damage to the blood vessels is called diabetic retinopathy.

Although these conditions develop over the years, it doesn’t make them any less significant. It is so very important not to get caught up in thinking “it won’t happen to me” and begin to curtail the management of your diabetes.  Stay on top of your care!


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