Diabetic & other illnesses

Blue Angel
By Blue Angel Latest Reply 2010-01-18 21:41:42 -0600
Started 2010-01-16 18:27:09 -0600

Have anyone had your diabetes lead to any other illnesses? Such heart disease,high blood pressure etc.

18 replies

jayabee52 2010-01-18 21:41:42 -0600 Report

I have Chronic Kidney disease, ministrokes, neuropathy and have had a cataract surgery on one eye due to diabetes.

My bride "Jem" has it backwards. she had congestive heart failure (20 yrs) and then got diabetes because of it. She became totally blind at age 14 due to retinitis pigmentosa, developed CHF at 36, and then COPD, Lupis (SLE & Discoid), GERD, hearing problems, Chronic Kidney disease, Diabetes, and latest, Rhumetoid Arthritis. She's allergic to so many medicines and antibiotics she drives the Drs batty trying to find something that works on her. She's a real handful sometimes, but she's MY handful! She doesn't complain -at least very much- and doesn't give up. That's one of the things which impressed me about her when I got to know her.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-17 01:16:23 -0600 Report

Whoa! This is kinda scary to read… I "heard" diabetes can lead to alot of problems but I didn't listen…I was in denial and, I wont lie, up until not too long ago I thought I was invincible when it came to diabeties effecting my body, even though I was hospitalized 3-4 times a year when I was 13-15. Anyway, I had a stomach hernia, ulcers and bleeding ulcers when I was 14; high cholestrol when I was 15; depression since I was 14 and this year I got nueropathy in my legs & feet. I don't believe the ulcers nor hernia have anything to do with my diabetes. My Dr. has checked my kidneys and liver and they are doing okay *knock on wood*. I don't know…I wish I would have found a site like this a long time ago, or known other diabetics so I could've maybe heard stories and I would've put my foot down on this thing a long time ago. BUT! It's better late than never - Right!?

Elrond 2010-01-17 03:44:34 -0600 Report

Danni, listen to the doctors. When I was diagnosed, I shrugged it off. I switched from regular to diet soda and cut back on beer. Otherwise, my only concession to my diabetes was to look at something, say "I shouldn't have this because I'm diabetic" then eat it. The results are posted above. You can live a long time even if you don't take care of yourself but it won't last. I'm going downhill fast now because of mistakes I made several years ago.
I plan to fight every foot of the way but it would have been better if I started fighting then.

Janney 2010-01-18 20:34:10 -0600 Report

Hi, I was diagnosed 3 years ago with diabetes but I already had high blood pressure and heart disease. I have SVT with AFIB. Stands for SuperVentricular Tachchycardia with Atrial Fibrilation. Since being diagnosed for diabetes I've had cataract surgery in both eyes and Neuropathy on both feet. But my story is about a friend who has had diabetes for about 23 years. He is type 1 and injects 5-6 X per day. He has had 9 eye surgeries due to hemorrages behind the eyes. He was on dialysis 3X wk and 3 years ago he had to have heart surgery. He was put on the transplant list for a kidney, we did not think he would live long enough before a kidney would become available. Finally, 2 years ago the day came a donor came through. He has suffered immensley due to diabetes. But, it doesn't end there—-last Thanksgiving he woke up with severe pain on his right foot, his wife took him to the emergency room at 3am, by 9 am he was in surgery where they removed 3 toes. Now doctors are saying they will have to amputate the leg way up to the knee.
That has really scared me to watch my diet and do everything I need to do to avoid what this guy has gone through. Think about it, it is up to us, no one else can do it for us.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-01-18 21:08:40 -0600 Report

Poor guy, that's alot to be put onto on man! I hope he gets to feeling better and receives a break from hospitals and surgerys for awhile. You get to actually look at what can happen if you don't take care of yourself. We all have to check our sugars regularly and take our meds correctly because our lives DO depend on it!!

ferk01 2010-01-16 22:34:12 -0600 Report

I have been suffering with a frozen shoulder for over three years due to my diabetes and I also been told that I have cataracts in both my eyes, Diabetes seems to be a welcome mat for all new diseases.

tfuller 2010-01-16 22:14:36 -0600 Report

i ended up with,stomach,vision,blood preasure,cholestorol,heart,legs,feet and hand problems.was my fault taking so many years to see a doctor.probably could have saved me alot of my problems

Hinboyz3 2010-01-16 21:56:53 -0600 Report

Actually I had High blood pressure before coming type 2, and Thyroid issues too. so Im handling the diabetes by watching what I eat and doing exercise. It's not easy for all of us. But we can make it thru.

runthe 2010-01-16 20:48:17 -0600 Report

I already had some medical problems such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now I take meds for Fibrromyglia, diabetes and high blood pressure, cholestrol is good. I do have some nerve damage but I can't say that they all is related to diabetes.

Elrond 2010-01-16 20:41:05 -0600 Report

My diabetes led to a stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, gastro paresis, diverse neurological disorders, and a massive heart attack. I'm forced to take 27 pills, 4 injections, and 8 blood tests a day dealing with it. About four years ago, I broke some toes on my left foot during a diabetic seizure. They healed but now arthritis has taken over those toes and I must walk with a cane at the ripe old age of 58. I suppose you could say diabetes has caused me some other trouble.

thiruvelan 2010-01-16 19:33:13 -0600 Report

Long term of badly controlled diabetes (maintaining high level of blood glucose - high A1C) can lead many diabetes complications. All of this complications starts from nerve damage.

Some of the diabetes complications are: Neuropathy (nerve damage), Heart diseases, Heart attack, Stroke, Retinopathy (eye), Macular edema (eye), Gastroparesis (digestion disorder), nephropathy (kidney disease), erectile dysfunction(male sexual disorder), vaginal dryness (other female Sexual dysfunctions), bladder control problems (incontinents), urinary tract infection and depression.

You can visit http://healthy-ojas.com/diabetes/diabetes-com... for detail information on diabetes complication and how to avoid or prevent or fight it.

justgeo1 2010-01-16 18:47:26 -0600 Report

I think the "metabolic" syndrome includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. I also have an enlarged prostate, ED, allergies, and now, thyroid cancer. How much is related to everything else is anyones guess. I do know that we shouldn't assume that all that effects us is related to one cause.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-16 19:03:24 -0600 Report

True. Allergies can come from a number of things. But diabetes could play a part to heart diseases and lead to removal of lims. And I found out swollen feet cac be cause by diabetes. But thanks for your input. have a nice day.

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