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Complications of Diabetes

Short term complications can happen quickly such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis, and hyper-osmolar syndrome. Patients need to be aware of their signs and symptoms and what to do to reverse them. Long term complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, neuropathy, diseases of the eyes, peripheral vascular disease and more can seriously compromise the diabetic patient.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Diabetes
One of the many long-term complications of type 2 diabetes is kidney disease. This is called nephropathy. Excess glucose in the blood can damage the delicate blood vessels in the kidneys that filter the toxins from our bodies. When the kidneys aren't doing their job, toxins can build up in the blood. What are the symptoms of kidney damage and disease?

Type 2 Diabetes Foot Care
When you have type 2 diabetes, it's so important to protect your feet. The long term complications of diabetes can cause neuropathy which in turn causes numbness and tingling in your feet. Neuropathy is nerve damage. If you have a cut or sore on your foot, you may not be able to feel it. This can increase your risk for infections in your feet.

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Signs of Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a nerve disease that can occur as a complication of diabetes. Prolonged high blood sugars can put you at higher risk for developing neuropathy. Having diabetes for many years can also increase your risk. It's important to keep your blood glucose levels as near normal as possible to help prevent neuropathy.

Taking Care of Your Kidneys with Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes can affect kidney health. Kidneys perform a very special function. They filter the blood and and help your body excrete toxins. When you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels can damage the delicate structure of the kidneys, and over time they can become less able to filter properly.

The New Threat of MRSA in Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Diabetes can lead to increased risk for open sores, ulcers and infection. Now there's something more to worry about. MRSA, (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a growing threat to people who have diabetes. The ulcers and open sores that can occur in diabetic feet can put you at risk for contracting MRSA in addition to other infections.

Diabetes and the Risk of Heart Attacks, Cardiac Arrest and Strokes
Diabetes puts you at risk for many complications. There are those that progress slowly and those that can strike without warning. Cardiovascular complications can put you at risk for heart attacks, cardiac arrest and strokes. These are serious complications that require immediate emergency medical treatment.

Type 2 Diabetes and the Risk of Tuberculosis
What can you do, as a person with diabetes, to protect yourself from a disease like tuberculosis? Keep good control of your blood sugar levels. The risk of tuberculosis goes up when hyperglycemia is uncontrolled. Because tuberculosis is an airborne disease it is difficult to protect yourself from it. If an infected person coughs, sneezes or otherwise expels respiratory secretions into the air, it places others at risk for inhaling the droplets and contacting the disease.

What to Know About Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. Between 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness every year are attributed to diabetes. What is retinopathy? Can it be prevented? What do you need to know?

Adhesive Capsulitis and Diabetes
Adhesive capsulitis, also known as "frozen shoulder" is a condition where the shoulder joint gradually loses mobility over a period of time, until the joint becomes immobile or "frozen." It is often very painful at first. People with diabetes are more likely to develop adhesive capsulitis.

Some Diabetes Complications Are Less Well Known but Still Serious
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can cause many serious complications. Some complications are less well known but not less important. Cardiovascular disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and others can affect people with diabetes.

Diabetes - A Complicated Disease
Diabetes is a chronic disease with many complications. Short-term and long-term complications, as well as co-existing diseases, are a constant threat. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may develop the same complications, but symptoms of the complications in people with type 2 may be the first signs of diabetes.

Diabetes and Hypertension
Blood pressure control is important for people with diabetes for many reasons. Diabetes increases a person's risk for various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and eye problems. High blood pressure itself increases these risks, too.

Common Infections in Diabetes
Infections are of particular concern for diabetics. People with diabetes are more susceptible to developing infections, as high blood sugar levels can weaken the patient's immune system defenses. In addition, some diabetes-related health issues increase the body's vulnerability to infection.

What to Know About Diabetic Nephropathy
Diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a condition in which the kidneys no longer function properly. It is a common side effect of diabetes, often triggered by two other diabetes-related health issues: high blood pressure (hypertension) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

Yeast Infections With Diabetes
While most women will experience at least one yeast infection during the course of their lives, those with diabetes are especially susceptible.

What Is Brittle Diabetes?
Brittle diabetes, also called labile diabetes, is a term used to describe uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. People with brittle diabetes frequently experience large swings in blood sugar (glucose) levels. These cause either hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which is more common and sometimes extreme.

Heart Disease and Diabetes
Heart disease is any disorder that makes the heart function differently than it should. Heart disease is one of the most common complications of diabetes.

Smoking and Diabetes - A Deadly Combination
The list is long for reasons to stop smoking, especially if you have diabetes. Cigarettes cause all kinds of health troubles. There is an increased risk of cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and strokes. Add to that the increased risk for getting type 2 diabetes.

The Connection Between Diabetes and Stroke
A person with diabetes is at higher risk than others for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. As with many of the health problems associated with diabetes, higher-than-normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are factors.

What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy refers to a group of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can affect nerves throughout the body, although it most commonly affects nerves in the feet and legs.

Coping With Depression When You Have Diabetes
Depression is more than feeling a little down or having a sad day. It’s a persistent state of being that can interfere with daily activities like sleeping, eating and working. The chance of being diagnosed with a depressive disorder is twice as high for people with diabetes.

Living with Chronic Kidney Disease
One of the debilitating complications of diabetes is kidney damage. How do kidneys become damaged? How is it diagnosed? How is it managed? Living with chronic kidney disease isn't easy, but many people manage.

Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men who have diabetes. It is often the first symptom that men may notice and the one that leads them to the doctor in the first place. It is only after they have sought medical help for ED that they also receive a diagnosis of diabetes. Fifty percent of men with diabetes will suffer from ED within 10 years of diagnosis.

Diabetes and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
A serious complication of diabetes is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). What are the symptoms, treatment and prevention strategies for diabetic ketoacidosis?

Heart Disease and Diabetes
What's the connection between diabetes and heart disease? People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than the rest of the population. Not only is heart disease more common in people with diabetes, but it can progress more quickly.

Blood Pressure and Diabetes
Blood pressure plays an important part in the management of diabetes, because it adds to the workload of the heart, arteries and kidneys. Here's how to keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control.

Diabetes and Depression - A Vicious Cycle
Depression can go hand in hand with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, having diabetes doubles the risk of depression, compared to people who don't have the disease. Conversely, depression also can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is a long-term complication of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It affects the nerves of the body and can strike the peripheral and/or autonomic nervous systems and can cause numbness and pain. There is no cure for neuropathy.

Kidney Disease in Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most common causes of kidney disease. How do the kidneys work? Why can diabetes damage the kidneys? What are the signs and symtoms of kidney disease? What do the doctors look for? What is ESRD? What are some options for treatment and care?

Top Nine Foot Care Tips
People with diabetes have an increased risk for infections, expecially in their feet. Complications can be devastating, if cuts and sores become infected. Gangrene can develop and amputation is often the result. Reduce the risk of complications and infections by following these tips.

5 Good Reasons To Check Your Blood Sugar
Managing diabetes is all about balance. People with diabetes have to balance food, medication and exercise to keep blood sugar levels in an acceptable range because their bodies can no longer do it for them. Regular self-monitoring of blood glucose levels (SMBG) gives them a handle on where their blood sugar levels are right at the moment that they test.

Metabolic Neuropathy
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the extremities. This is called neuropathy.

Free Booklets on Preventing Complications of Diabetes
The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse is offering a complimentary series of booklets on how to prevent complications of diabetes.

The CDC Advises on Preventing Complications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers an in-depth look at how timely treatment can prevent complications and lower cost for health care.

When Diabetic Neuropathy Leads to Amputation
The need for diabetic amputation can be devastating. Diabetic neuropathy increases this risk. Learn what leads to diabetic amputation and what to expect should it become necessary.

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Diabetes?
Can you get social security disability benefits for diabetes?

Diabetes and Skin Problems
The link can be missed between diabetes and skin problems. You may have experienced one of these skin changes and did not realize it was caused by some component of your diabetes management. Learn what to look for and why people with diabetes need to pay attention to what their skin is trying to tell them.

Diabetes and Gastroparesis
Type 2 diabetes and gastroparesis are a common combination. Learn how common this is as well as causes, complications, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and special considerations.

Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease and diabetes - are you at risk, what are the signs and symptoms of P.A.D.

Have You Had an Eye Exam Lately?

Hyperglycemia
How do you know if your blood sugars are high. How to detect hyperglycemia and manage it.

All You Need to Know About Hypoglycemia
Symptoms of low blood sugar. How to prevent and treat low blood sugar.

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How to Take Care of Your Feet with Type 2 Diabetes
How to take care of your feet when you have Type 2 diabetes. Podiatrists and type 2 diabetes, comprehensive foot exams.

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