People with diabetes have chronically high levels of blood glucose. Over a period of time, this causes permanent damage to blood vessels and organs they supply. Diabetes affects almost every organ of the body, leading to serious health complications.Complications associated with diabetes include diabetic foot, cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attack), diabetic eye disease (retinopathy), diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) and diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy).
It is essential that the diabetics be aware of the complications that can occur, to ensure that the first symptoms of any possible illness are spotted before they develop.
Finding the right balance of nutrition, exercise, and insulin and/or oral medication is the key to living well with diabetes. Working day-to-day to achieve good blood glucose control is essential to avoid complications.