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Diabetes Complications

Also called: Diabetic complications
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If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can cause problems with other body functions, such as your kidneys, nerves, feet, and eyes. Having diabetes can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease and bone and joint disorders. Other long-term complications of diabetes include skin problems, digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, and problems with your teeth and gums.

Very high or very low blood sugar levels can also lead to emergencies in people with diabetes. The cause can be an underlying infection, certain medicines, or even the medicines you take to control your diabetes. If you feel nauseated, sluggish or shaky, seek emergency care.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of Diabetes Complications

The following features are indicative of Diabetes Complications:
  • increased thirst and urination
  • increased hunger
  • fatigue
  • blurred vision
  • numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
  • sores that do not heal
  • unexplained weight loss
It is possible that Diabetes Complications shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
References: 1

Common Causes of Diabetes Complications

The following are the most common causes of Diabetes Complications:
  • family history of diabetes
  • overweight
  • physical inactivity
  • high blood pressure
References: 1, 2, 3

Other Causes of Diabetes Complications

The following are the less common causes of Diabetes Complications:
  • cushing’s syndrome
  • acromegaly
  • hyperthyroidism
  • pancreatitis
  • pancreatic cancer
  • trauma
References: 1, 2, 3

Risk Factors of Diabetes Complications

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Diabetes Complications:
  • overweight
  • age 45 or older
  • family history of diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • low level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • history of gestational diabetes
  • history of heart disease
  • depression
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • acanthosis nigricans

Prevention of Diabetes Complications

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Diabetes Complications. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • by losing weight
  • eating fewer calories
  • increasing physical activity
  • stop smoking
References: 3

Occurrence of Diabetes Complications

Degree of Occurrence

The following are number of Diabetes Complications cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Diabetes Complications most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Can happen at any age

Common Gender

Diabetes Complications most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Not gender specific
References: 2, 4

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Diabetes Complications

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Diabetes Complications:
  • Blood tests: To measure blood glucose levels
  • Fasting plasma glucose test: To measure the blood glucose level at a single point in time
  • A1C test: To measure the average levels of blood glucose over the past 3 months
  • Random plasma glucose test: To diagnose the diabetes without fasting
References: 5, 6

Doctor for Diagnosis of Diabetes Complications

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Diabetes Complications:
  • Endocrinologist
  • Dietitian
  • Diabetes educator
  • Dentist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Podiatrist
  • Social worker

Complications of Diabetes Complications if Untreated

Yes, Diabetes Complications causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Diabetes Complications is left untreated:
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • kidney disease
  • eye problems
  • dental disease
  • nerve damage
  • foot problems
References: 2

Procedures for Treatment of Diabetes Complications

The following procedures are used to treat Diabetes Complications:
  • Physical therapy: Exercise reduces your blood sugar level by moving sugar into your cells
  • Insulin therapy: To lower blood sugar level
  • Pancreas transplantation: To treat severe complications of type 1 diabetes patients
  • Bariatric surgery: Improves blood sugar levels and beneficial for type 2 diabetes
References: 7

Self-care for Diabetes Complications

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Diabetes Complications:
  • Choose healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight: Decreases the risk of diabetes and helpful in management of diabetes
  • Avoid smoking: Lowers the risk of various diabetes complications
  • Make physical activity part of your daily routine: helps in controlling blood sugar levels and prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes
References: 7

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Diabetes Complications

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Diabetes Complications:
  • Exercise: Lowers the blood sugar level and control your weight
References: 8

Patient Support for Treatment of Diabetes Complications

The following actions may help Diabetes Complications patients:
  • Join support group: Share your frustrations and your triumphs with people who understand what you're going through can be very helpful
References: 7

Time for Treatment of Diabetes Complications

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Diabetes Complications to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year
References: 9

Demographic Information - Diabetes Complications

Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Diabetes Complications. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine/health topic.
Gender
2 out of 3 users are male.
Users Percentile
Female1
Male2
Other0
Participants: 3
Age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
Users Percentile
< 210
21-301
30-401
40-501
50+0
Participants: 3
Marital Status
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Disease
Users most commonly suffer from Diabetes.
Users Percentile
Diabetes2
Participants: 2
Body Weight
2 out of 2 users report that they are overweight.
Users Percentile
Overweight2
Not overweight0
Participants: 2
Smoking Habit
3 out of 3 users report that they do not smoke.
Users Percentile
Smoke0
Do not smoke3
Participants: 3
Alcohol Consumption Frequency
Users most commonly report having alcohol once a week.
Users Percentile
Never0
One drink a day0
Two drinks a day0
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week1
Twice a week1
Once a month0
Participants: 2
Well-being
1 out of 2 users report that they had significant pain in the last 3 months.
Users Percentile
Significant pain in the last 3 months1
No significant pain in the last 3 months1
Participants: 2
Profession
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Users most commonly exercise twice a week.
Users Percentile
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Twice a week1
Five times a week0
Everyday1
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References

  1. NIH Symptoms & Causes of Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  2. NIH Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  3. NIH Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  4. American Diabetes Association Global Prevalence of Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  5. NIH Diabetes Tests & Diagnosis - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  6. NIH Managing Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  7. MAYO CLINIC Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  8. American Academy of Family Physicians Diabetes - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  9. Hassan MM, Cey SA, Li D, et al. Association of diabetes duration and diabetes treatment with the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. Cancer. 2010;116(8):1938-46 - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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This page was last updated on 12/29/2017.
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