Complications

The Added Dangers

Diabetes can lead to a variety of complications, especially if you don’t follow advice from your doctor.
 
Complications can impact your heart, kidneys, eyesight, nerves, circulation, energy level, sexual activity, and overall quality of life. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, foot ulcers, and nerve damage. It makes it harder to control blood pressure and cholesterol, which significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Nerve damage can lead to digestion and urination problems. Your feet, skin, and urinary tract can become more prone to infections. Infections or nerve damage may eventually require surgical removal of the affected body part, especially foot amputation, the most common form of diabetes-related amputations.
 
You can avoid these complications through diet and lifestyle interventions, as well as by appropriate medical treatment. Read more about how to reduce your risk.