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Heart Disease and Stroke
People 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.

Kidney Disease
Diabetes 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.

Eye Complications
Diabetes 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.

Neuropathy and Nerve Damage
One 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.

Foot Complications
People 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.

Skin Complications
As 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.

Gastroparesis and Diabetes
Constipation and diarrhea may occur due to involvement of  nerves of the gastrointestinal system in diabetes .

Depression
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.

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