Unfortunately, some of the complications are more problematic and extra care must be taken. All three articles stress the importance of strict blood glucose control.
The complications are:
- neuropathy which can be characterized as peripheral neuropathy or diabetic neuropathy and is about 60% chance of occurring.
- heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke risks are doubled. Heart disease and stroke cause at least 65% of deaths from diabetes.
- diabetic retinopathy or major eye complications are common as is cataracts and glaucoma. Broken blood vessels in the eyes is the main cause or preventable blindness.
- Serious leg and foot infections are the major cause of most amputations and is generally cause by poor blood circulation and poor foot care.
- Kidney damage is another complication of diabetes.