What is Diabetes Complications
Diabetes complications include problems that develop quickly (acute) or over time (chronic) that can affect many organ systems. Complications from diabetes can dramatically affect quality of life and lead to long-term disability. In general, diabetic complications are much less common and less severe in people with well-controlled blood sugar levels. Certain non-modifiable risk factors such as age of diabetes, type of diabetes, gender, and genetics can influence risk. Other health problems exacerbate the chronic complications of diabetes such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of regular exercise. Diabetes is a disease caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin. This inability hampers the natural process of converting carbohydrates into energy. As diabetes disrupts the normal functions of the body, many diabetic complications can arise if the disease is left untreated or in more severe cases of the disease. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should work closely with your doctor to develop a course of action that is best for you.
The above complications of diabetes give you an indication of the importance of detecting diabetes as early as possible. Early detection is the best way to learn early on how to manage diabetes symptoms and reduce the risk of diabetes complications that lead to more serious illnesses and conditions. Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan for the disease. However, in many cases it can be controlled and the risk of more serious complications reduced.
Diseases caused by diabetes
Diabetes can cause other illnesses and conditions. Some diseases and conditions that can be caused by complications from diabetes are more serious than diabetes. Let’s take a look at some of the complications that can arise with diabetes: