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.
The No. 1 complication most likely to impact diabetics is cardiovascular disease (the term “cardiovascular” combining heart disease and stroke). Heart disease also happens to be the leading cause of death in people without diabetes. But people with diabetes need to be especially careful, and can drastically reduce their risk by keeping their blood glucose (BG) and blood pressure levels in check. The same is true for avoiding other complications of diabetes.
Here’s a list of the major complications of diabetes with a recommended link to learn a little more about each:
- cardiovascular disease
- eye disease (such as diabetic retinopathy)
- kidney disease
- nerve damage (neuropathy) and foot problems
- sexual dysfunction – erectile dysfunction ( or “ED”) for men
- gum disease
If you have felt tingling in your feet or experienced blurry vision, for example, you should go see your doctor right away! But the tricky part is, you may not feel anything from most of the complications of diabetes until they become very serious.
Read the next tips in this section to learn how to find out whether you personally are in danger of developing complications.