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Controlling Your Diabetes May Reduce Your Risk of Complications

The day-to-day management of diabetes may have you feeling overwhelmed. You need to take charge and take control of your diabetes to reduce the risk of developing the complications associated with it.


Uncontrolled diabetes (high blood glucose levels over the years) can lead to serious problems throughout your body, including:

  • Eye problems. Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels in the eyes, which can cause problems with your vision or even blindness.
  • Foot problems. Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the feet. Small sores or breaks in the skin can turn into serious skin ulcers that can become infected if they're not taken care of right away. In turn, if these ulcers go untreated, it can lead to amputation of the affected limb
  • Kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. High blood glucose levels over many years cause damage to tiny blood vessels in the kidneys, which prevents them from filtering the blood properly. If untreated, the kidneys will eventually stop working altogether (which is called "end-stage renal failure") and dialysis or a kidney transplant will be needed.
  • Heart and blood vessels. When you have diabetes, your risk of having a heart attack rises to the same level as someone who has already had a heart attack. You are also at higher risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and stroke.
  • Nerve problems. Diabetes can cause damage to nerves throughout your body, which can cause pain and numbness in the feet, as well as problems with the stomach and intestines, and other organs.

So, while there are many things to remember to manage your diabetes and it may seem like a burden sometimes, they're all important for your long-term health.