Diabetes Complications Can Be Deadly 

Diabetes complications normally occur because of poor diabetes management. Over time many of these complications can lead to severe health problems, that will eventually become fatal. If you neglect your diabetes management, you run the risk of developing one or more diabetic complications.

As diabetics we should always maintain good blood glucose control. The is one of the steps in avoiding many complications that are associated with diabetes.

Consequences of Diabetes Complications

Whenever you experience a complication, it is usually severe. To illustrate my point, lets look at two of the more serious ones. They are:

  • Heart disease.
  • Blood vessel disease.

These diabetes complications like I mentioned earlier, can occur from poorly managed diabetes. According to health related facts, heart disease is apparently the leading cause of death among individuals with diabetes.

It is also reported that three out of every four deaths that are related to diabetes, occur as a result of heart and blood disease.

These are diabetes complications that are increased two to four times more in diabetic individuals. People with type 2 diabetes may not have heart disease but because of their diabetes illness, they are still at an increased risk of having a heart attack.

Diabetics are also at increased risks of heart failures (this is when the heart is unable to pump blood adequately). This is simply due to the fact that as diabetics, individuals face the problem of fluid build up our lungs.

This illness can lead to you having difficulty in your breathing or retention of fluid in other parts of your body. This is normally indicated by swelling in the limbs.

Warning Signs of Diabetes Complications for Heart Disease

Heart disease is one diabetes complications, that have warning signs which must always be treated as an emergency at all times. Some of these warning signs are:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Faint feeling.
  • Dizzy feeling.
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Shoulder pain or pain in the jaw or left arm.
  • Chest pain.
  • Nausea.

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

Other Risks Factors of Diabetes Complications 

High blood pressure or hypertension is another high risk factor that can lead to other diabetes complications. According to statistics, this illness affects more than 50% of the people that have with diabetes. Diabetes as we know it today, is a chronic disease that seriously affects the coronary arteries of diabetic patients.

This condition predisposes the arteries to an illness called atherosclerosis. This is build up of a material called plaque, that causes the narrowing and hardening of the arteries.

When atherosclerosis goes untreated, it can cause high blood pressure or hypertension. T

Health Problems Related to Atherosclerosis

If you have this illness, you should make sure that you seek treatment right away. Failure to do so, will put you at risk for developing health problems such as:

  • Damage blood vessels.
  • Strokes.
  • Heart failures.

Other Health Problems Related to High Blood Pressure

In addition to the health conditions listed above, we as diabetics are also at risk of developing other health issues such as:

  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Peripheral vascular disease. This is the hardening of the arteries in our legs and feet.

When it comes to maintaining your blood pressure, you should try to keep it below 125/80. This will help you avoid or delay many diabetes complications that are associated with diabetes. Another complication of diabetes that a diabetic can experience is kidney disease.

According to medical facts, diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure across the country. Close to one-third of all individuals that have this chronic will develop kidney disease.

This condition is medically known as diabetes nephropathy. Sadly if you have both diabetes and kidney disease, your condition will become more severe than someone with just kidney disease.

The reason for this is that diabetes can cause many other serious complications in those of us that have both conditions. All of which will eventually become long-term medical illnesses.

Complications of Diabetes Nephropathy

Diabetes can also be the cause of other related kidney problems such as bladder infections and nerve damage. Kidney disease happens more severely in type 1 diabetics and can occur at an early age.

The disease is slightly different in type 1 diabetics than in type 2 diabetics.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

  • Swelling of the face, hands, and feet.
  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Itching (end stage kidney disease).
  • Drowsiness (end stage kidney disease.)
  • Blood in the urine (although rare).
  • Abnormalities in the regular rhythm of the heart.
  • Twitching of the muscle of the body.

As the damage to your kidneys progresses, they will eventually get to the point where they will no longer be able to remove the waste from your blood. This leads to a build up waste in your body which can reach a poisonous level. Medically this illness is known as Uremia. Uremia can become more severe in diabetics that have high blood pressure.

Although all diabetes complications are serious and should not be taken lightly, strokes can be very severe. Our brain requires a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients for it to survive and function properly. Our brain receives this supply of oxygen and nutrients through a network of blood vessels.

A stroke can occur if any one of these blood vessels is blocked or damaged for any particular reason. Due to this damage or blockage, the oxygen-rich blood is prevented from reaching certain parts of the brain.

Whenever the oxygen supply to any part of our brain is interrupted for a period of over four minutes, it begins to die. This type of diabetes complications come in two forms. They are as follows:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke will happen if you have a ruptured or damaged artery.
  • Ischemic stroke. This one happens when there is a blockage in your artery.

When it comes to strokes, the number one risk or caused of it is high blood pressure.

Smoking and a high count of bad cholesterol are other serious risks factors.

Symptoms of a Stroke

Since diabetes seriously affects our arteries, we are at an increased risk of having a stroke. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg. This normally takes place on one side of the body.
  • Difficulty in speaking, and understanding words or simple sentences.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Sudden difficulty in swallowing.
  • Loss of one balance or dizziness.
  • Loss of consciousness for a brief moment.
  • Sudden paralysis in one part of the body.

We all know how serious a stroke can be. Therefore, if you experience any or all of the symptoms listed above, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Therefore as diabetic individuals, we should always maintain a good diabetes management so that we can avoid or delay any serious diabetes complications

Diabetes complications mean poorly manage type 1 diabetes!

Diabetes ketoacidosis is a diabetic complication.

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