Complications diabetes may bring

If the tests show that one has diabetes, extensive knowledge about this illness can help people cope and manage their lives. They can also help those who don’t have it yet to be more careful and to avoid the illness by following a controlled diet and an exercise program.

However, apart from having extensive knowledge of the disease such as its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, I believe it also pays to know if there would be related complications. This is to prepare the diabetes sufferer emotionally and physically about the possibilities of coping, not just with diabetes but other complications like love ones, other family members, friends, and colleagues.

Researchers and medical experts have found that there are certain factors that

contribute to a person acquiring diabetes like age, heredity, and ethnicity. But despite the risk factors, the associated complications would still be the same.

The list below gives a more extended view of the complications diabetes sufferers must pay attention to:

  1. Diabetic kidney disease

This is the most common complication among diabetes sufferers because the filtering components of the kidneys are being damaged.

Once the kidney filtering units have been damaged, important proteins in the blood are being allowed to pass along with urine into the bladder. Therefore, after prolonged periods of this condition, the kidneys will eventually stop removing the waste products present in the blood and become unhealthy.

One good thing is that not all diabetics experience End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD) which can be life-threatening. To avoid this complication, one must stop smoking cigarettes and always keep the blood pressure under control at all times.

  1. Heart Disease and stroke

Medical experts say that people who have diabetes have greater risks of having heart diseases and stroke because the fatty deposits brought by radical changes in the body can block the arteries. Due to the smaller amount of insulin in the body compared to normal people, diabetics have a higher incidence of blood clotting and can also lead to high blood pressure or hypertension. In fact, these complications are the lead causes of death among diabetics all over the world.

  1. Diabetic eye disease

There relates to several eye problems that diabetic people may end up having as a result of the chronic disease.

In the worst case these eye problems like diabetic retinopathy (damaged vessels of the eye’s retina), cataract, cloudiness in the lens of the eyes, glaucoma and increased fluid pressure inside the eye that damages the optic nerve. When these problems are not caught in time and not monitored properly can lead to total loss of vision and/or blindness.

  1. Diabetic neuropathy

This is a type of nerve damage that occurs when one has diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.

Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your extremities to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful, disabling and even fatal.


Diabetics who are still smoking, drinking heavily and those who have poor management with their glucose are more prone to developing neuropathy compared to those diabetics who are not into these bad habits.

  1. Gastroparesis

This a condition in which the muscles in the stomach don't function normally.

Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract, but in gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all. This prevents your stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition.

There is no cure for gastroparesis. Making changes to your diet may help you cope with gastroparesis signs and symptoms, but that's not always enough. Medications may offer some relief, but some can cause serious side effects.

Researchers and medical experts have found that 20% to 30% type 1 diabetic sufferers are more prone to this complication because the “vagus nerve” is damaged due to the high sugar content in the blood.

Although it is also diagnosed among those who have "type 2 diabetes" the cases are comparatively lower.

What type of diabetes will you get or currently have?

Type 1 diabetes

Starting with type 1 diabetes which is also known as "juvenile diabetes" or "insulin-dependent diabetes" is considered to be the least common type of diabetes there is.

Medical experts say that it is an *autoimmune disease of the immune system, the same system that makes the body's defense and shields against infection. The reaction will be similar to an “allergy” putting the immune system out of working order, thus savaging the cells located in the pancreas which are responsible for producing the **insulin needed to control and/or break down the sugar in the foods we eat.

*Autoimmune - caused by the reaction of an antibody to substances that occur naturally in the body.
**Insulin - is the important agent that breaks down the sugar in the foods we eat.

Given that people with type 1 diabetes have the inability to make insulin and need it to continue living; a regular supply of insulin 24/7 is needed. Unfortunately, children and young adults are prone to this type of diabetes, but it can occur at any age or can be a result of an illness.

Type 1 diabetes sufferers show characteristics such as starting to be thirsty more regular, urinating more often and drastic weight loss.

Type 2 diabetes

This type of diabetes is also known as "non-insulin-dependent diabetes, mellitus" and "adult onset diabetes". The main difference from the type 1 diabetes to type 2 diabetes is the ability to make insulin. However, the amount produced is not enough for the body to use it efficiently.

Type 2 diabetes is considered as the more common type of diabetes, which usually develops among people who are more than 40 years of age, are overweight or obese and those that have an inactive lifestyle.

It’s a progressive disease that can also give the sufferer the characteristics of thirstiness, repeat urination, and loss of weight. In the more advanced cases if not treated properly can also lead to more severe complications similar to type 1 diabetes, like diseases of the heart, the kidneys, the eyes which will eventually cause blindness and the amputation or loss of limbs.

Gestational diabetes

This type mainly develops during pregnancy. Although most of the time this type of diabetes ends after giving birth, there are also those cases in some women that develop this type of diabetes as they get older.

Gestational diabetes, though it is mainly common among pregnant women it should be monitored because there's a big chance of leading to type 2 diabetes.

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No brain toxins

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Eating healthy

Although you may think that this is a no-brainer you would be surprised at the diets that some people have. in today's now society people don't have time to prepare or think of the nutrients in the food they eat. therefore if the brain is deprived of certain nutrients it may have an effect on its function. beyond this article but try to have a balanced diet of:
1. Good fats
2. Proteins
3. Good carbohydrates
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Brain exercises

Researchers have found that by using certain techniques you may improve your thinking and memory skills. The brain is also an organ that can be revitalized thus finding these techniques will help us improve our brain function. getting the brain working on educational activities will help to energize its capabilities. try crossword or other similar puzzles it makes your brain think and this is a form of exercise that will make your brain function better but if there is no effect it will at least prevent it from deteriorating.

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