Diabetic Complications

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Diabetes
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 The best way to prevent or slow diabetes-related complications is by achieving good control over blood glucose levels with healthy lifestyle changes, insulin, and other medications. An estimated three out of five Americans with diabetes have one or more complications associated with diabetes, according to the 2006 report released by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Over time, high blood glucose levels can cause damage to virtually every organ system of the body: The central nervous system, vision, cardiovascular, kidney, skin, sexual, teeth and gums, musculoskeletal, cognitive, and digestive systems. To stay on top of your diabetes management and lower your risk of diabetic complications, you should know your ABCs – your A1c level, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol profile.
About Diabetic Complications
An estimated three out of five Americans with diabetes (57.9 percent) have one or more complications associated with diabetes.
Brain
Blood sugar highs and lows can cause problems with memory and other brain functions.
Vision
Read here to learn about the vision complications that can accompany diabetes.
Hearing Loss
Learn why hearing loss is now considered to be another complication of diabetes.
Oral Care
Get information about diabetic dental problems and oral care.
Heart & Vascular
Heart disease is a leading cause of death among people with diabetes. Get informed about your risk, and preventing heart problems, now.
Digestive
Learn the signs, symptoms, and treatments for gastroparesis, a diabetic complication of the digestive system.
Skin
Chronic high blood glucose can cause skin problems in people with diabetes. See more about the varying conditions.
Kidneys
Diabetes is the number one cause of chronic kidney (or renal) failure in the U.S. Learn more.
Muscles & Bones
Blood glucose that is poorly controlled for too long can affect the functioning of the musculoskeletal system resulting in a variety of disorders.
Nerve Damage
The biggest risk factor for developing neuropathy is uncontrolled blood glucose levels, and the incidence of neuropathy in diabetes increases with time.
Sex & Relationships
The physical and psychological affects of diabetes can hurt the sex drives and performance of both men and women.
Sleep Issues
Not only does sleep rest your body and refresh your mind, but a solid night`s sleep is crucial to good diabetes health.
Feet
Out of sight, almost out of mind. Nerve damage and wounds of the feet are a common diabetes complication.
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