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A A A Do I need to follow-up with my doctor after being diagnosed with diabetic eye disease? Diabetes is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide, and, in the United States, it is the most common cause of blindness in people younger than 65 years of age. Diabetic eye disease also encompasses a wide range of other eye problems, for example, Diabetes may cause a reversible, temporary blurring of the vision, or it can cause a severe, permanent loss of vision. Some people may not even realize they have had diabetes for several years until they begin to experience problems with their eyes or vision. Diabetes also may result in heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and circulatory abnormalities of the legs. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 8.1 million people additional people went undiagnosed. (This population is unaware that they have diabetes.) In the United States 1.2 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. In the US in 2012, the total annual cost of diagnosed diabetes was 2.45 billion. Eighty-six million people in the US have prediabetes, and 9 out of every 10 don't know Continue reading >>

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  1. Trịnh Tu

    Hi,
    Having diabetes will affect almost every single part on your body such as heart , kidneys , feet , sexual organs , eyes ... What parts are you asking specifically ?
    I recommend you to read over this article to get to know more about your diabetes and how it can acually affect your body .
    How Does Diabetes Affect The Body ?

  2. Ranjith Kumar Inbasekaran

    Side effects are complications? I presume complications!
    Decrease in immunity
    Impaired wound healing
    Damage to retina
    Damage to kidneys
    Damage to nervous system
    Damage to heart
    Erectile dysfunction
    Coma
    Loss of leg, amputation

    Cognitive deficit
    While I can keep listing all the possible complications, it’s not that all patients with diabetes will develop one of/or many of these complications.
    Some patients with diabetes live long and never get any complications because of it.
    Most important thing to remember that the list above is,

    KEEP YOUR SUGAR LEVEL IN CONTROL, YOU MAY NEVER GET ANY COMPLICATION! (Being diabetic by gene doesn’t directly predispose you to develop complications, not doing anything about it will)

  3. Michael Pinneo

    If by "side effects" of diabetes you mean "symptoms", I'd suggest you look at this link:
    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes...
    which briefly lists the main symptoms that can indicate diabetes. If you mean "complications incident to having diabetes", then have a look at this:
    http://www.diabetes.org/living-w...
    The complications are many and can be quite severe. Loss of eyesight, loss of limbs, excruciating neuropathic pain, etc. Diabetes is a complicated disease, but its development can largely be avoided by a combination of reasonable diet and exercise. There are many informative and detailed resources on the Web that are on point.

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