Diabetes can be a very serious disease. And that means that the complications of diabetes mellitus are just as deadly. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s extremely important that you always stay on top of your blood sugar levels and the disease because the complications of diabetes mellitus often arise very quickly and in some cases they’re very difficult to get ahead of. Many times, the complications of diabetes mellitus are not different no matter the actual type you have, whether it’s type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
A very common complication of diabetes mellitus is heart and blood vessel disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. It’s actually the leading cause of death in people who have diabetes. The heart and the blood vessels that lead to it become damaged and eventually stop working properly, resulting in death.
Another just as frightening complication of diabetes mellitus is blindness. Over time, high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels that feed the eye’s retina. There are even some early cases of something called nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) which leads to the eyes leaking fluid. The retina of the eye just doesn’t receive the fluid it needs and eventually it causes blindness.
Kidney failure is also common. A very serious complication of diabetes mellitus, this is caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the kidneys over time. Sadly, even when someone is very successful controlling their diabetes, this complication can arise. People who have kidney failure must have dialysis to substitute for the kidney’s filtering functions or have a kidney transplant.
Another complication of diabetes mellitus is gangrene. Because the disease can cause wounds to heal much more slowly than normal, they can become infected. Some sufferers end up having to have their fingers, toes, hands and even feet amputated because they have developed this serious complication of diabetes mellitus.
For pregnant women, the complications of diabetes mellitus affect her baby and not her. Children born to mothers with diabetes mellitus suffer birthing complications. They are often larger than normal, which raises the possibility that they’ll get stuck coming through the birth canal. They are often in danger of having low blood sugar levels.
A very common complication of diabetes mellitus, no matter the type you have, is known as hypoglocemia. This occurs when your blood sugar level gets too low. You can also develop hyperglycemia, which is the exact opposite: it’s high blood pressure. Both lead to weakness or shakiness, dizziness and so on.
Ketoacidosis is also very common. It’s called the “diabetic coma” and can be fatal. Basically, a loss of consciousness occurs because someone has failed to properly manage their blood sugar levels and their bodies cannot take it anymore.
All of these complications of diabetes mellitus are very serious and can only be avoided by strictly monitoring one’s blood sugar level.
In this eBook, you are going to learn the 21 Diabetic Myths that many people may have heard and learn the truth about each of them.
I hope you gain some benefit from reading this short eBook. Many of the myths worry folks when they first become diagnosed as a diabetic.