Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

Complications” seems like a strange name for the long-term damage that diabetes can do to your body. This sounds like a term for some minor side issues — but the prospect of losing our eyesight or liver function or our legs is surely not minor to us!

In fact, complications are often the “elephant in the room”: the thing that scares us the most with diabetes, but that we don’t like to talk or even think about. Yet like anything in life, denial alone will not make this unpleasantness go away.

Therefore, this month’s edition of “Living with Diabetes: The Real-Life Stuff You Need to Know,” is all about complications – understanding how they happen, and how they can be avoided or successfully treated if necessary.

Tip 1: Know Thy Enemy

What are the future complications that you might face with diabetes? The only way to actively prevent or combat complications is if you really know what to look out for.  Read more >>

Tip 2: Complications Creep Up (They Don't Happen Fast)

Although diabetes-related complications may seem to appear suddenly, they are actually the outcome of long periods—years and sometimes decades—of “suboptimal metabolic control.” That is … Read more >>

Tip 3: It's All about Early Detection!

As we’ve noted, most diabetes complications are “sneaky” because you don’t feel them coming on. The only way to know about and thwart these damages is to get screened regularly. Regular … Read more >>

Tip 4: Complications Are NOT Inevitable

We all hear many scary things about the consequences of diabetes, but having the illness does not mean that all this bodily damage is necessarily in your future. You can work to avoid it. Read more >>

Tip 5: After Complications, Life Goes On

We tend to think of developing complications as “the end of the line.” On the contrary, I’ve discovered many, many diabetes veterans out there who live quite active and happy lives … Read more >>