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Many people have undiagnosed diabetes.
Some may not be aware that they are at risk for diabetes, others might know they're
at risk but are too scared to get tested.
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes isn't the end of the world. It can be treated, often with
like dietary changes
Medication or insulin isn't always needed. However, ignoring the risks or
of diabetes and leaving the disease untreated is dangerous to your health.
or stroke. It's estimated that diabetics are twice as likely to have a heart attack
or stroke as someone who doesn't have diabetes. Diabetics also tend to be younger
when they develop heart disease.
many diabetics report a tingling
or burning sensation, usually first noticed in their
or hands (although nerve damage can occur anywhere in the body). This is known as diabetic
neuropathy. In some cases the pain
is so terrible that even the slightest touch (for example, from a glove or a sock) is painful.
Eye/vision problems: blurry vision, cataracts, "floaters", glaucoma,
blank spots in your vision, or eye pain are some examples.
Foot problems: our feet take a lot of pressure every day. Nerve damage (which
can cause pain or numbness), poor circulation, and slow healing of wounds are often
reported by diabetics. A great deal has been written on proper
diabetes foot care.
Good daily foot care is essential for anyone with diabetes.
Kidney disease or failure: kidney disease develops over the long term. Diabetics
should be regularly screened to kidney problems so that treatment can help stop it
from progressing to kidney failure. If kidney failure occurs, the patient must undergo
dialysis or receive a kidney transplant.
The long-term effects of diabetes are numerous. Your best defense is to
care of yourself. Follow your treatment plan, eat well, exercise regularly, take
your medication or insulin as prescribed, and
if you are overweight. This will help keep blood glucose levels under tight control and
lower your risk
for diabetes-related complications.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.