It can take work to get your diabetes under control, but the results are worth it
If you don’t make the effort to get a handle on it, you could set yourself up for a host of complications. Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body, including the:
Heart and Blood Vessels –
Heart disease and blood vessel disease are common problems for many people who don’t have their diabetes under control.
Blood vessel damage or nerve damage may also cause foot problems that, in rare cases, can lead to amputations. Problems with large blood vessels in your legs can cause leg cramps, changes in skin color, and less sensation.
Diabetes can lead to eye problems, some of which can cause blindness if not treated. In the case of uncontrolled Diabetes, symptoms of eye problems are Vision problems, sight loss, or pain in your eye.
Diabetes is also a leading cause of kidney failure. You might not notice any problems with early diabetes-related kidney disease. In later stages, it can make your legs and feet swell.
Over time, high blood sugar levels can harm your nerves. Peripheral diabetic neuropathy can cause pain and burning or a loss of feeling in your feet. It usually starts with your toes. It can also affect your hands and other body parts.
Autonomic neuropathy stems from damage to the nerves that control your internal organs. Symptoms include sexual problems, digestive issues (a condition called gastroparesis), trouble sensing when your bladder is full, dizziness and fainting, or not knowing when your blood sugar is low.
Gums & Teeth
Having diabetes puts you at higher risk for gum disease. Your gums might be red and swollen and bleed easily.
Some people have to make only small lifestyle changes to keep their blood sugar under control to reverse a diabetes complication. Others need medications to stop them from getting worse.
But the most important ways to slow diabetes complications are to keep your blood sugar levels under control, eat right, exercise, avoid smoking, and get high blood pressure and high cholesterol treated.