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Complications with Diabetes


Just like in any other illnesses, the first thing that people need is to be informed and educated about the disease that may be prone to. In case of diabetes, extensive knowledge about this can help people who are already suffering from it to cope up and manage and can also help those who don’t have it yet to be more careful and to avoid the illness.

But, aside from having extensive knowledge on the disease such as its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, it also pays to know if there would be related complications. This is to prepare one’s self emotionally, physically, and emotionally about the possibilities of coping not just with diabetes but other complications related to it as well.

There are certain factors that affect people to be prone to diabetes such as age, heredity and ethnicity. But regardless of the risk factors, the related complications would just be the same. The following are just some of the complications of diabetes that people who are prone to it must pay attention to:

1. HEART DISEASE AND STROKE. Experts say that people who have diabetes have greater risks to having coronary heart diseases and to stroke compared to those who don’t have them. In fact, these complications are the lead causes of death among diabetics all over the world. People suffering from diabetes are prone to heart diseases and stroke because the fatty deposits brought by drastic changes in the body can block the arteries and leads to heart attack. Because of lesser amount of insulin in the body compared to regular people, diabetics have higher incidence of blood clotting and can also lead to high blood pressure or hypertension.

2. DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE. Among people with diabetes, kidney failure is the most common complication because the blood-filtering units of the kidneys are being damaged. Once the kidney has been damaged, important proteins are being along with urine and eventually, the kidneys won’t be able to remove the waste products present in the blood anymore. The good thing is, not all diabetics experience End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD) which can be life threatening. To avoid this complication, you must stop smoking cigarettes and always keep the blood pressure under control at all times.

3. DIABETIC EYE DISEASE. This refers to the group of eye problems that diabetics”people with diabetes” may have as a result of the chronic disease. In worst cases, this set of eye related problems such as diabetic retinopathy, damaged vessels of the eye’s retina, cataract, cloudiness in the lens of the eyes, glaucoma, and increased fluid pressure inside the eye that is damaging to optic nerve. All of these, when not treated immediately and now monitored properly can lead to total loss of vision loss or blindness.

4. DIABETIC NEUROPATHY. Those people who are into smoking, drinking, and those who have poor control with glucose are more prone to developing neuropathy compared to those diabetics who are not into these vices and bad habits.

5. GASTROPARESIS. This disorder involves the stomach as a result of prolonged emptying. Studies show that around 20 to 30 percent of diabetics suffering from “type 1 diabetes” are more prone to this diabetes complication because it severely damages the “vagus nerve” which is responsible for keeping the food moving through person’s the digestive tract. Although it is also diagnosed among those who have “type 2 diabetes” the cases are comparatively lower.

Keeping Your Diabetes Under Control


Are you dealing with diabetes? Living with this condition is possible if you do your best to keep it under control. You should go over this article for some useful tips on how to keep your diabetes under control.

The best way to keep your diabetes from getting worse or to cause you to develop another medical condition is to keep your blood sugar under control. If you are overweight, you will have to get in shape. Your blood sugar will not spike as much once you have reached a healthier weight. You also need to meet with your doctor as often as possible to monitor the progression of your diabetes.

Make sure you always have the equipment you need to test your blood sugar. You should find a small bag you can use to carry your monitor, testing strips, insulin and some healthy snacks. Purchase your testing strips and insulin in large quantities if you can; you will save a lot of money if you buy supplies in bulk. Stay up to date with new innovations; you might find a new product you can use to monitor your blood sugar.

Adapt your diet to your condition. You should get rid of any food that contains high amounts of sugar, fat or preservatives. Stay away from processed foods, fast food and sodas. Replace unhealthy foods with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and lean meats. Plan your meals in advance to make sure you get healthy quantities of foods from the five food groups.

Adopt a regular schedule. Your blood sugar will not spike if your body gets used to getting food at the same time everyday. You should have three healthy meals at regular hours or five smaller meals if your blood sugar gets too low in between meals. Always go to bed at the same time and try to always get eight hours of sleep.

Exercising on a regular basis will help you stay in control of your diabetes. Be very careful when exercising; hydrate yourself, check your sugar level before exercising and take breaks if you need to. You should start by doing some very simple exercises. You can get in shape by doing some abs, crunches and push-ups at home. Find a cardio workout you really like but do not exhaust yourself and make sure you always have some healthy snacks with you in case you need to boost your sugar level.

Diabetes increases your chances of developing certain medical conditions, including skin problems, bad circulation, eyesight or hearing loss and even heart conditions. You need to be aware of small changes and keep track of how your sugar level spikes. Get a journal to write down your sugar level and go over your findings to look for patterns. If you notice anything unusual, go see your doctor right away.

Apply these tips to keep your diabetes under control and reduce your risks of developing complications. Ask your doctor for help if these tips do not keep your sugar level from spiking.