Understanding the Hidden Dangers of Diabetes
Diabetes is a progressive disease that can cause many serious complications. Chronically elevated blood sugar levels can wreak havoc on your body. The good news is that managing diabetes and keeping your blood sugars controlled can help to prevent or or delay potential complications. Whether your diabetes is in good control or not, it is important to know what these complications are so that you can identify them and seek treatment right away.
Some of the more well-known complications are nerve damage (neuropathy), such as peripheral neuropathy which is characterized by numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet, kidney failure (nephropathy) and vision problems (retinopathy). Keeping your blood sugars, weight, blood pressure and getting routine check-ups by specialists can help you to prevent these types of complications. Additionally, there are some other types complications of diabetes that you may not be aware of.
Having diabetes can make you more susceptible to disease, including diseases of the skin. In fact, skin disorders are sometimes one of the first noticeable signs of diabetes.
You might be more at risk for fungal infections, bacterial infections, and itchy skin. Other disorders of the skin are more exclusive to diabetes. They include blisters, atherosclerosis, digital sclerosis, and eruptive xanthomatosis.
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
If you have diabetes, your risk of developing heart disease—coronary artery disease (CAD) in particular is twice as that of the rest of the population. High blood pressure and increased risk of s Continue reading