Mayo Clinic on Managing Diabetes

By Maria Collazo-Clavell | Go to book overview

Chapter 2
The dangers of
uncontrolled diabetes
Diabetes is often easy to ignore, especially in the early stages. You're feeling fine. Your body seems to be working right. No symptoms. No problem. Right? Not even close. While you're doing nothing, the excessive sugar (glucose) in your blood is constantly eroding the very fabric of your body, threatening many major organs, including your heart, nerves, eyes and kidneys. You may not feel the effects right away, but you will eventually.When you have diabetes you're:
Twenty times more likely to develop kidney disease
Four times more likely to have a stroke
Four times more likely to become blind
Two to four times more likely to have a heart attack

Researchers continue to make great progress in understanding what triggers complications of diabetes and how to manage or prevent them. Several long-term studies show that if you keep your blood sugar close to normal, you can dramatically reduce your risks of complications. Even if you haven't controlled your blood sugar in the past, it's not too late to start. As soon as you begin managing your sugar level, you slow the progression of the complications you already have, and reduce your chances of developing still more health problems.

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