Consequences of uncontrolled diabetes
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Consequences of Uncontrolled Diabetes
The consequences of uncontrolled diabetes can affect all organ systems, from the skin to the heart to the sexual organs.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure
Diabetes can cause chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) reports diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among Americans.
According to NIDDK, people with diabetes have twice the risk of developing heart disease compared to people without diabetes.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (legs)
Persistently high blood glucose levels increase the risk peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PAD most commonly causes symptoms in the legs. Partially blocked arteries cannot supply the leg muscles with the oxygen they require during physical activity, which causes pain. In severe cases, walking is limited because of pain.
NIDDK states 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes develop some form of diabetic neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves in the extremities, especially the hands and feet. Symptoms include abnormal sensations such as tingling, burning, numbness or complete loss of feeling. Autonomic neuropathies affect the organs and cause abnormalities such as slowed stomach emptying and constipation, incomplete bladder emptying and decreased sexual response.
People with diabetes are at substantially increased risk for serious eye problems that may threaten their vision, including retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Retinopathy is the most common of the vision-threatening eye diseases that develop in diabetics. Uncontrolled diabetic retinopathy may cause partial loss of vision or blindness. People with diabetes are also at greatly increased risk for cataracts and glaucoma compared to non-diabetics.
Understanding both types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.
With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and Irritability
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.
When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
Type 2 Diabetes : symptoms
- Any of the type 1 symptoms
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms
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When considering the amount of these nutrients that you should consume daily, check with a healthcare professional (such as a registered dietitian). Large doses of some nutrients can clash with medications or other supplements you may be taking for this condition. Investigate to be sure.
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