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Complications of Diabetes
Heart Disease -- People with diabetes have extra reason to be mindful of heart and blood vessel disease. Diabetes carries an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and complications related to poor circulation.
Eye Care And Retinopathy Diabetes -- can cause eye problems and may lead to blindness. People with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes. Early detection and treatment of eye problems can save your sight.
Kidney Disease/Kidney Transplantation -- Diabetes can damage the kidneys, which not only can cause them to fail, but can also make them lose their ability to filter out waste products.
Neuropathy And Nerve Damage -- One of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy means damage to the nerves that run throughout the body, connecting the spinal cord to muscles, skin, blood vessels, and other organs.
Frozen Shoulder -- Adhesive capsulitis is more commonly known as frozen shoulder, and with good reason: It can render your shoulder so stiff, it's almost impossible to button your shirt -- that is, if you aren't in too much pain to get dressed in the first place.
Skin Care -- As many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.
Foot Care -- People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage in the feet or when blood flow is poor. Learn how to protect your feet by following some basic guidelines.
Oral Health -- If you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk for gum disease and other mouth-related problems. Learn more about maintaining good dental health.
Transplantation -- Diabetes sometimes damages kidneys so badly that they no longer work. When kidneys fail, the person needs a way to replace their function, cleaning the blood. The options are dialysis and kidney transplantation. Sometimes a person receiving a kidney transplant also gets a new pancreas at the same time.
Coping With Complications -- Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may someday face one or more diabetes complications. Complications are medical problems that occur more often in people with diabetes.
Smoking -- Kicking the smoking habit is hard, but worth
the work. Tobacco has many bad health effects, particularly for people
with diabetes. No matter how long you've smoked, your health will improve
when you quit.