If you are suffering from diabetes, you need to be aware of the long-term complications that can arise over a period of time. If you are not properly maintaining your diabetes, the longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk will be of experiencing complications. At some point, your diabetes complications may be disabling or even life-threatening. It’s not something to be taken lightly. Your health should be most important. Let us educate you a little on complications to look out for.
- Cardiovascular Disease. Diabetes dramatically increases the risk of various cardiovascular problems, including coronary artery disease with chest pain (angina), heart attack, stroke and narrowing of arteries (atherosclerosis).
- Nerve Damage (Neuropathy). Too much sugar damages the walls of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish your nerves, especially in your legs. If you experience tingling, numbness, burning or pain that usually begins at the tips of the toes or fingers and gradually spreads upward, you need to see a doctor. If you ignore these symptoms, you could lose all feeling in the affected limbs. Men may also see complications with erectile dysfunction.
- Kidney Damage (Nephropathy). Your kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessel clusters (glomeruli) that filter waste from your blood. Traumatic damage can lead to kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease. Unfortunately, this may require dialysis or even a kidney transplant.
- Eye Damage (Retinopathy). Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy). This can sometimes even lead to blindness. You may also start seeing complications arise; such as, cataracts and glaucoma.
- Foot Damage. You can experience foot complications due to progressive nerve damage or even bad blood flow. If you choose to ignore the symptoms, cuts and blisters can develop serious infections. These often become hard to hear, if they heal at all. At its most severe stages, you can even face amputation.
- Skin Conditions. Diabetes can also leave you more prone to skin issues. This includes painful bacterial and fungal infections.
- Hearing Impairment. Hearing problems are becoming more prominent in those suffering from diabetes.
- Alzheimer’s Disease. Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. The risk becomes greater the less you focus on maintaining your blood sugar levels.