Complications due to diabetes

By Sidehack Latest Reply 2011-07-15 07:55:45 -0500
Started 2011-07-12 09:28:54 -0500

I've often heard the phrase…"he died of complications due to diabetes" or "diabetic complications". Exactly what does that mean? Did his body just shut down automatically? Or was it a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, kidney failure or suicide? I see these all as complications. Can anybody help? I'd like to be ready when this "complication" shows up.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-15 07:55:45 -0500 Report

Diabetes can cause both micro and macro vascular problems. this can be a contributing cause of other problems. From what I have been researching Diabetes affects so many other areas as well, such as cholesterol, thyroid, nerves, renal system, and immune system. It seems to throw many body systems off balance resulting in the increased possibility of devoloping compications. In many cases uncontrolled diabetes can double the risk of developing other problems.

sue11542 2011-07-13 10:16:58 -0500 Report

All the previous mentioned and more. Complications from diabetes can include any and everything that can happen to you, past an accident. It is so, so important for diabetics to be aware of their BS readings and their A1C's just for that very reason. Diabetes affects every organ in your body without exception form your brain to your toes. Anything and everything that can go wrong with any of these organs is considered a complication of diabetes. In answer to your other question about profession, I am a nurse, have been for 30+ years.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-13 05:39:53 -0500 Report

Heat attacks, kidney failure, blindness, strokes, diabetes affects every system of the body. My mother had kidney failure and was on home dialysis. The last time she went to the hospital she was septic and it took the doctors too long to find out. By the time they decided that she was septic and put her in ICU she had had a heart attack, totally lost the use of the leg on her bad side, they discovered that she had lung cancer. So diabetes is really no laughing matter.

cavie2 2011-07-13 06:08:05 -0500 Report

Sidehack All the above symptoms that MrsCDogg has mentioned and more are classed as complications due to Diabetes so it can be a combination of some or all of them that happens as well as the amputations that re1ndeer mentioned. That is why it is so important to keep checking your fingers and feet for any signs of numbness or discoloration. It is because of this that some diabetics get really ticked of with other people when you refuse to eat something or a meal offered to you and they say "Oh come on just this once won't make any difference to your diabetes". Wrong every time your BS Spikes higher than normal you are damaging your internal organs. Because you can't see this happening does not mean it is okay. It is very serious, Diabetes is a killer disease/illness whatever you want to call it.

re1ndeer 2011-07-12 22:03:03 -0500 Report

My father passed away do to diabetes complications. He was a type 1 diabetic for over 50 years. He lost his site do to diabetic retinopothy (sp?), and shortly after that, he had foot ulcers on the bottom of his foot. The foot ulcers became infected, and had formed dry gangrene. He was to have his foot removed (amputated), When he got to the hospital, and had is foot removed they discovered that there was no blood flow to the leg. So they amputated up to the knee. (where there was a little blood flow). They sent him home, knowing that the gangrene had spread to his other parts of his body. They gave him 2 years to live. He actually lived three years, before his death.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-12 13:08:49 -0500 Report

By the time they show up, it is probably too late! Your kidneys can shut down, then the other organs, including the brain follow. So, Sidehack, think of staying healthy, then you won't need to worry about the rest. I can tell you from working in a nursing home, it is not pretty. Jim

GabbyPA 2011-07-12 13:08:06 -0500 Report

Sometimes I think they contribute too much to diabetes. Who is to say that a person would not have suffered a stroke or heart attack even if they didn't have diabetes?

Usually if someone has diabetes and dies from one of these major events, it is considered a complication of diabetes. To me, things like amputation or nuropathy or blindness tend to be more directly related. I will say however, that my triglycerides and cholesterol were always great until I was diagnosed with diabetes. They are still not horrible, but I have to work hard to keep them in a good range, where before I didn't have to.

So just take care the best you can of your sugar levels and keep active and eat well. Those things can help prevent the complications. I hope you never have to be ready for them.