Diabetes is one chronic health problem that gradually destroys your entire health system and gives rise to a host of other health issues. This should not dishearten people as there are preventive measures that can help diabetics protect themselves from falling into the clutches of these life threatening health issues. For now, let us focus on the health complications that are caused by diabetes. This awareness is to make people alert and pro-active in taking the necessary precautions.
- Stroke and Heart Disease – Cardiovascular disease is considered to beone of the leading reasons that lead most diabetics to death. This is because, the high blood sugar levels create a build up of all fatty deposits that clog the walls of the arteries in the heart. This clogging leads to blockage which finally leads to heart attack.
- Kidney Problems – One of the most fundamental reasons for kidney failure in most cases is diabetes. Unfortunately, increased blood pressure is a common sign of diabetes and that often leads to half of the health complications. It is the blood pressure that aggravates the function of the kidney leading to kidney failure.
- Nerve Damage – Neuropathies is often the result of nerve disorder caused by chronic diabetes. Blood vessels get narrowed because of the fatty deposits and are unable to get the oxygen and nourishment that they need. This leads to damaged nerves and diabetic neuropathy.
- Gangrene – Severe diabetes narrows down the blood vessels. This disrupts the flow of blood, which does not reach all the body parts. In the case of injuries, the wounds take a longer period of time to heal and can sometimes become too infectious and result in Gangrene. This is a very serious condition which when left untreated can either lead to amputation or death.
- Loss of Vision – As we know already, diabetes causes blockage in blood vessels of the retina which leads to partial loss of vision and sometimes blindness. People suffering from diabetes also have high chances to suffer from cataracts or glaucoma. These are considered to be two major eye diseases that diabetics suffer from.
In order to keep a check on diabetes, not only do you need to keep a close eye on the blood sugar levels but also keep a watch on your cholesterol and blood pressure levels. The key to fighting diabetes is to remember that you need to control the disease and not let the disease control you.