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Sometimes complications develop even when risk factors such
as blood sugar level and blood pressure have been controlled. But following your
treatment to control your blood sugar levels is still an important part of
The most common serious complications from
coronary artery disease (CAD) and
stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and foot disease.
All diabetes complications can require specialized medical treatment depending
on their severity. Some of these conditions, such as CAD, may be adequately
managed by your primary care doctor. If the disease progresses, you may need to
see a specialist.
diabetes complications can develop when you have
prediabetes, diabetes that has not been diagnosed
early, and even diabetes that has been treated.
Complication of diabetes
Eyes: Damage to the retina, the part of the eye that captures
Kidneys: Impaired functioning of the kidneys, and, in severe
cases, kidney failure
Nerves: Decreased sensation, especially common in the feet
and hands; weakness; abnormal functioning of some organ systems
Heart disease: Problems with the circulatory system that
weaken the heart
Strokes: Blood supply to the brain is cut off, usually caused
by a blood clot in an artery.
Peripheral arterial disease: Blood has trouble
reaching the extremities, such as the hands and feet.
Frequent infections, sometimes with unusual types of bacteria
July 1, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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