What are the Complications of Diabetes?

Remember, this is a loaded question.  The statistics regarding diabetics in America are not very encouraging.  However, the diseases that affect the diabetic are started and exaggerated by poor blood glucose control.  You can minimize your risk for the following conditions.

But be aware that ignoring your diabetes puts you in a high risk category for problems of the:

  • Circulatory system, including heart disease, stroke, poor circulation to the feet and hands. 80% of Type 2 diabetics die from heart disease.
  • Shriveling of the tiny blood vessels leading to problems in the eyes, a.k.a. retinopathy. 15 years after diagnosis, 90% of Type 1 and 80% of Type 2 diabetics show some damage to the retina of the eyes.
  • Kidney complications, or nephropathy. The vast majority of American patients on renal dialysis are diabetics.
  • Nerve damage, or neuropathy, leading to tingling, painful, “pins & needles” sensations in the hands and feet.
  • Nerve damage to the bladder, intestines, sexual organs, etc. and the consequences of losing the contributions from those organs or regions of the body.
  • Ulcers of the leg and foot, which are combined problems of nerves and blood vessels.What are the Complications of Diabetes?

Dr. Patrick Quillin

Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition and health. He has 30 years experience as a clinical nutritionist, of which 10 years were spent as the Vice President for a leading cancer hospital system where he worked with thousands of cancer patients in a hospital setting. He is a Best Selling Author with 18 books which have sold over 2,000,000 copies and also a Keynote Speaker.

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