It can be very worrying to know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. When under control, diabetes lingers relatively harmlessly in the background. However, this is an enemy that continually prowls behind the gates waiting for you to let your guard down.
If not monitored or ignored, diabetes can escalate and lead to serious health issues over time. It can even lead to death. This is not a disease to be trifled with, and it has no cure.
Often, it is mentioned that diabetes can be ‘reversed’… but what that really means is that you can get it under control and stabilize your blood sugar levels that can be out of whack due to diabetes. This achieving of ‘normality’ is considered ‘reversing’… but it doesn’t mean that your diabetes is cured.
You can’t cure diabetes. You can only manage and control it… and you always need to be alert and on guard. If you’re not, the complications below may arise.
Amputations may be required if cuts or blisters on your leg do not heal properly. This can happen to diabetes patients because the disease can cause poor blood circulation and nerve damage in the feet.
2. Nerve Damage
Also known as neuropathy, diabetes damages your nerves when your blood vessels are adversely affected by a diet that’s high in sugar. Numbness, tingling, nausea, constipation, and even erectile dysfunction are symptoms of damaged nerves. You will require immediate medical attention if you notice several of these symptoms.
Damage to the eyes can occur if you’ve had high blood sugar for several years. The blood vessels at the back of your eyes will get damaged, and this can cause glaucoma, which could lead to blindness. Diabetes sufferers should get their eyes checked regularly.
4. Skin Problems
Diabetes sufferers are often more prone to fungal infections and other skin problems. While not really a severe health issue, it can be aggravating.
5. Kidney damage
This is a severe problem. Very often, it occurs due to a lack of diabetes control over long periods. Not watching your diet and eating foods high in sugar will cause the blood vessels in your kidneys to be damaged. your kidneys could suffer from inflammation.
Kidney damage, also known as nephropathy, affects 1 in 4 diabetes sufferers. The best way to prevent this is to monitor your blood sugar levels and watch your diet.
6. Hearing impairment
Not only is your sense of sight at risk, but you may experience hearing problems too if your diabetes condition gets worse.
7. Alzheimer’s disease
Your body works holistically. If your diabetes is left unchecked, it can raise your risk of Alzheimer’s. Everything is connected to everything else. So, it’s best to do whatever you can to manage your diabetes and be in good health.
8. Cardiovascular Issues
It’s a fact that diabetes can lead to heart disease. In fact, having high blood sugar levels for prolonged periods can cause inflammation and hardening of the arteries (Atherosclerosis)… not to mention that it raises your blood pressure level.
High blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease too. That’s why it’s common for people with diabetes, also having hypertension.
As you can see, none of these complications are pretty. The old proverb, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is highly applicable here. Monitor your condition carefully, and always remember not to take it lightly. A casual attitude toward diabetes often leads to casualties.