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Complications with Diabetes

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:00am

As with most diseases you will find that there will be complications. Diabetes is no different. Diabetes can be something that is very difficult to endure, depending upon your tolerance for pain. It is not an easy disease to live with as many times it can involve daily monitoring and meds. This is no life to live and it can definitely rub you thin regardless of how strong or tolerant you think you are.

Luckily, with the recent developments of medicine and science, Diabetes has become a perfectly manageable condition. However, if a sufferer remains undiagnosed, or if it is not treated correctly, it can lead to a variety of different health problems. The high level of glucose within your blood can cause damage to your blood vessels, nerves, and organs. This can leave a long term effect on your health.

If you do suffer from either type 1 or type 2 Diabetes then there are some long term conditions which you are at a much higher risk of suffering. These are: heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, retinopathy and kidney disease. None of which are fun to have.

As the blood vessels become damaged, the body may become starved of oxygen. This can result in chest pains known as angina. Sufferers of diabetes will find that it also increases the chance that a blood vessel in your heart or brain could suffer from a blockage. This can cause heart attacks, or a stroke.

Many suffers from Diabetes will also complain of a tingling or burning sensation up their limbs, or in fingers and toes. The small blood vessels of your nerves can become damaged due to the high blood glucose levels, causing your nerves to become damaged and tingle. If other areas, such as the digestive system, are affected, suffers can become nauseous, or suffer from problems such as diarrhea and constipation.

Retinopathy is a condition where the retina becomes damaged. The blocked blood vessels within the sufferer’s eye may become broken, or grow dangerously. In left untreated, it can lead to damaged or even lost vision. This is also how kidney disease may be caused. The blood vessels cause the kidneys to work less effectively. In severe cases this could lead to kidney failure, and the sufferer may require a transplant.

Not everyone who has diabetes exhibits many or all of these diabetes complications. Through proper diabetes management diabetes complications can be reduced to little more than small annoyances that can be relatively pain free. Following a regimen that is prescribed by a proper medical authority could also decrease the chances of having diabetes complications.

Diabetes is a very serious disease that needs to be addressed and regulated. Ignoring possible symptoms or prescribed medications could lead to many of the diabetes complications listed below. The worst part is that it is not limited to the complications such as heart disease and kidney failure, but it could also prove to be fatal. This makes it important to follow the proper instructions from your physician.


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