Diabetes Mellitus

Complications of Diabetes

The main purpose or goal of diabetes management or diabetes treatment is to prevent complications resulting from diabetes. TheseĀ  complications can lead to certain conditions like heart disease, damage to kidneys, blood vessels, eye sight and nervous system.

In fact, diabetes has been rated as the most threatening of ailments which trigger a number of complications in the body. In case you are a patient of diabetes, then strictly following the guidelines for management of this disease is critical.

The complications of diabetes are totally unpredictable, and the doctors or medical scientists cannot assure you that they will not occur.
The chances of these complications are greatly increased when the patient is negligible about health and does not follow guidelines for diabetic management.

Complications of the heart
The heart is the first and foremost organ vulnerable to diabetes. Nearly 65% of the diabetes patients have suffered from heart diseases. The glucose level in the blood triggers the deposition of fats or cholesterols in the heart. This condition also known as atherosclerosis is responsible for heart attacks.

Blood pressure:
Diabetes increases blood pressure. On account of atherosclerosis and the subsequent constriction of arterial walls, the heart has to pump faster. This increases blood pressure.

Kidney Damage
The kidneys play an important role in excretion of fluids and toxic substances.
When the kidneys have to deal with excess sugar in the blood, they filter too much blood. This extra load of glucose is hard for the filters in the kidneys. Prolonged levels of excessive blood glucose over a period of time can result in kidney damage.

Eye complications:
Over a period of time, excessive blood sugar levels may cause damage to tiny blood vessels which supply blood to the retinas. The damage is either in the form of weakening of the blood vessels or leakage from the blood vessels. In the initial stages, the patient may experience blurred vision. If not attended to, the condition may worsened and result in total blindness.