When it comes to handling your diabetes, it can be hard work, but it is worth it in the long run.
If you have a poor hand in maintaining it, it can gradually lead to all sorts of complications, taking a toll on almost every organ in the body, including:
Let us take a look at each separately
Your risk of cardiovascular disease is practically doubled when you don’t have proper control over your diabetes.
Same goes for blood vessels and nerves as they may lead to complications with your feet which may eventually end in their amputation.
The problem is you may not notice any symptoms until you get a stroke or heart attack.
As for your feet, watch out for any symptoms like lack of sensations, changes in color and cramps.
The good news here is that you can prevent these problems (or at least lessen them if you already have them) by properly managing this disease.
Did you know that among adults aged 20-74 here in the U.S. diabetes is the main cause of vision loss?
It can lead to problems such as:
Some of these and more can lead to blindness if not treated in time. The symptoms are more than clear: problems with seeing and sudden vision loss.
Once again, the good news here is that regular eye exams and proper treating of the problem can hinder as much as 90% of these diabetes-related conditions.
Diabetes seems to be the main cause for kidney disease among Americans as well. In fact, in accounts for almost 50% of the new cases.
The symptoms are most often non-existent at the beginning. Later on, you should notice a swelling in your legs and feet.
The good news is that drugs against high blood pressure (even if you don’t have it) are also useful in this case as they have been known to cut one’s risk of kidney failure by 33%!
This type of damage affects as much as 70% of those which have diabetes. This is because high glucose levels can lead to nerve damage.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to deal with this.
Your doctor can prescribe you creams or ointments which you can apply topically on your skin, or a medication which puts a stop to seizures, such as an antidepressant.
There is also a device which stimulates one’s nerves called TENS.
In the case that one is diabetic, it heightens their risk of gum disease.
Symptoms of this disease are swollen, bleeding and reddened gums.
The good news is that with proper oral hygiene (this includes rinsing with antiseptic mouth wash, as well as flossing), regular visits to the dentist and keeping your sugar levels under control, should be enough to hinder any risk.
Now that you are aware of the complications which can arise due to diabetes, you need to maintain your condition as best as you can.
This can mean that even a simple lifestyle change for the better can not only stop, but also reverse a condition caused by diabetes.
Treating these complications is all about slowing down the damage, which can include taking certain medications and, in some cases, surgery.
The best methods are always natural.
Treat your cholesterol and high blood pressure, maintain your blood sugar levels, don’t smoke, make the right dietary choices, and, if you happen to be overweight or obese, you’ll be doing your health a huge favor by losing some of that weight.
Not to mention you’ll be lowering the risk of the complications mentioned above. Stay healthy, dear readers.