Common Diabetes Complications


Diabetes.jpg2 Once you have been diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, having to contend with diabetes complications becomes a stark reality. No matter how disciplined and stringent a regime you follow, the amounts of high blood sugar coursing through your body take a definite toll on your health.

The diabetes complications occur due to instability in the blood circulation system as well as the hormonal systems, which affect various organ systems of your body. Here are some of the common diabetes complications that you are likely to experience.

Various Diabetes Complications

Retinopathy As a Diabetes Complication

The area of diabetic retinopathy has been well researched. Over a period of time, many diabetics succumb to diabetic retinopathy in which the eyes swell up and become exceedingly painful. Difficulties in vision and blurring of vision become a common complaint and many people end up losing their vision if they are not careful.

The Diabetes Complication Of Acute Renal Failure

Due to the high levels of sugar coursing in the body, the kidneys are exceedingly taxed and overworked as they have to work extra hard in getting rid of the sugar from the body. This leads to a gradual loss of kidney function. The changes are so gradual, that most people only come to know of acute renal failure when the kidneys stop functioning. Renal disease is a common affliction amongst diabetic and is the number one reason responsible for renal transplants.

Neuropathy As An Irreversible Diabetes Complication

Since the blood flow of the body is likely to get affected in diabetes, this is manifested in the form of neuropathy, which is a common diabetes complication. This is manifested as tingling, numbness, sudden shooting pain in the limbs and extremities of the body.

Heart Disease And Stroke

Another diabetes complication is the risk of developing a heart attack and stroke, which triples in the case of diabetics. Diabetics are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease like atherosclerosis. This is also the result of excess blood sugar and weight gain, which is predominantly seen in diabetics.

Heart Disease

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Sexual Problems Feature As a Diabetes Complication

The most profound and notable effect of diabetes especially on men’s health is the ability to maintain and sustain an erection. Since diabetes affects blood flow, the blood flow to the penile region is severely affected in case of diabetic men. Bladder problems like UTI have become very common in diabetic women.

Diabetes Skin Complications

Although not typically seen, diabetes has a profound impact on the health of your skin. Vitiligo or acute skin discolouration is a common skin problem seen in diabetics. Thickening of the skin on the back is also notoriously common and occurs especially when blood sugar levels are out of control.

Hyper pigmentation and darkening of the skin is also very common in people who are suffering from type 2 diabetes. This condition is generally seen in the armpits and the neck area, which becomes very dark and unsightly. Skin spots and lesions are also a common diabetes skin complication.The diabetes complications if left untreated can prove to be fatal. The best measure is to keep your blood glucose levels in check.

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