Diabetes Complications

People with diabetes are vulnerable to a variety of complications over time. Health-care providers all agree that strict control of blood sugar makes complications less likely. This was shown clearly by the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. Control of blood sugar is the best way to minimize the risk of complications.

Even the very best control may not be able to eliminate all complications, and the risk of increases with the length of time you have diabetes. Diabetes complications affect the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and large and small blood vessels. Here is a list.

Complication

Organ Affected

Coronary artery disease Dermopathy Macroangiopathy Microangiopathy

Heart Skin

Large blood vessels Small blood vessels Kidney Nerves

Blood vessels of legs and feet Eyes

Nephropathy Neuropathy

Peripheral vascular disease Retinopathy

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