Diabetes Complications

With diabetes there are many possible complications and they range from minor to life threatening, these complications are only likely to affect the badly controlled, keeping your blood sugar at the correct level and eating a healthy diet contribute to preventing these complications so stay healthy!

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

This is one of the longer term complications and occurs later in life, keeping your fat intake and weight to a healthy level can decrease the likelihood of developing this.

Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes

This is a very common complication in diabetics and is purley caused by poor blood control, for most it is simply a little numbness in parts of your body (usually feet and legs) but for a minority it will lead to amputation of limbs.

Diabetic Retinopathy (Eye Disease)

With this complication, it is a mixture of high blood pressure and glucose in the blood which causes damage to the blood vessels in the eye causing them to burst and ultimately leading to blindness.

Kidney Disease of Diabetes

Diabetic kidney disease takes many years to develop. In some people, the filtering function of the kidneys is actually higher than normal in the first few years of their diabetes. This process has been called hyperfiltration.

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Normally, the stomach contracts to move food down into the small intestine for digestion. The vagus nerve controls the movement of food from the stomach through the digestive tract. Gastroparesis occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work normally. Food then moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract.

And More . . .

There are many complications with diabetes for those who do not keep blood sugar under control, think about it, blood runs through every part of your body so if that is mixed incorrectly i.e having too much glucose, then it is going to affect every part of your body in some way.

For anyone who is diabetic and reading this, please take care of yourself! Being diabetic myself I realise how important it is.

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