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Future Health

Complications With Diabetes

November 13, 2017 

Diabetes can affect every part of your body. The good news is: diabetes has come a long way, especially managing the disease. However, even with managing your diabetes, complications can still arise. 
Skin Complications – Skin conditions can be common with people who have diabetes. Some are rarer than others, some are harmless and do not need to be treated, and some can easily be cleared up with medication. Possible skin complications can include: Digital Sclerosis, Disseminated Granuloma Annulare, Allergic Reactions, Diabetic Blisters, Eruptive Xanthomatosis, and more.
Eye Complications – People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes. Glaucoma, retinopathy and cataracts are also common with this disease. Fortunately, these (except blindness) can be treated.
Neuropathy – Nerve damage (neuropathy) occurs in about half of people with diabetes. Keeping blood sugar levels on target can help prevent and delay nerve damage. If you already have nerve damage, treatment is available. 
Foot Complications – Neuropathy and skin changes can often cause foot complications in people with diabetes. 
Ketoacidosis – Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a very serious and dangerous condition that can lead to a coma or even death. Ketones are created when your body breaksdown fats for energy. Ketones will turn blood acidic if it builds up too much.
Kidney Disease - High levels of blood glucose make kidneys work harder and filter more bloods. Eventually, this can lead to kidneys leaking useful protiens into urine.
High Blood Pressure/Stroke – 2 in 3 people with diabetes have high blood pressure. When your heart works harder you are at a higher risk of stroke. Keeping track of you rblood pressure and taking medication can help reduce this risk.