Effects of Diabetes

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Effects of Diabetes
Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion . www.cdc.gov
Stroke
People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke than people without diabetes.
Eyes
High blood sugars can cause blurred vision, and poorly-controlled diabetes can lead to blindness.
Nerves
High blood sugars can damage nerves in any part of the body.
Teeth
High blood sugars can cause gum disease (periodontal disease) and gum disease can cause high blood sugars.
Heart
Diabetes, especially in people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, causes heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer of people with diabetes.
Lungs
People with diabetes are more likely to die with pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.
Stomach
Poorly-controlled diabetes can cause nerve damage to the stomach leading to nausea, poor digestion, and bloating.
Kidneys
High blood sugars, especially if combined with high blood pressure, can cause kidney damage and lead to dialysis.
Feet
Diabetes can damage both the nerves and the blood vessels to the feet leading to numbness, burning “pins and needles” feeling, poor circulation and possibly amputation.
Reproductive Health and Pregnancy
Diabetes can also complicate pregnancy.
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