Disease and Stroke
with diabetes have extra reason to be mindful of heart and
blood vessel disease. Diabetes carries an increased risk
for heart attack, stroke, and complications related
to poor circulation.
can damage the kidneys, which not only can cause them
to fail, but can also make them lose their ability to filter
out waste products.
can cause eye problems and may lead to blindness. People
with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people
without diabetes. Early detection and treatment of eye problems
can save your sight.
and Nerve Damage
of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic
neuropathy. Neuropathy means damage to the nerves that run
throughout the body, connecting the spinal cord to muscles,
skin, blood vessels, and other organs.
with diabetes can develop many different foot problems.
Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve
damage in the feet or when blood flow is poor.
Learn how to protect your feet by following
some basic guidelines.
many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin
disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time
in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes
the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily,
most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated
if caught early.
Constipation and diarrhea may occur due to involvement of
nerves of the gastrointestinal system in diabetes
Feeling down once in a while is normal. But some people
feel a sadness that just won't go away. Life seems
hopeless. Feeling this way most of the day for two
weeks or more is a sign of serious depression.