Sometimes complications develop even when risk factors such
as blood sugar level and blood pressure have been controlled. But following your
treatment to control your blood sugar levels is still an important part of
The most common serious complications from
coronary artery disease (CAD) and
stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and foot disease.
All diabetes complications can require specialized medical treatment depending
on their severity. Some of these conditions, such as CAD, may be adequately
managed by your primary care doctor. If the disease progresses, you may need to
see a specialist.
diabetes complications can develop when you have
prediabetes, diabetes that has not been diagnosed
early, and even diabetes that has been treated.
Complications of diabetes and symptoms of serious problems
Complication of diabetes
Small blood vessel (microvascular)
Weakening of small blood vessels called
capillaries causes blood to leak from the vessel.
Eyes: Damage to the retina, the part of the eye that captures
Impaired vision and, in severe cases,
Kidneys: Impaired functioning of the kidneys, and, in severe
cases, kidney failure
Inability to think clearly
retention of body fluids
Nerves: Decreased sensation, especially common in the feet
and hands; weakness; abnormal functioning of some organ systems
Numbness, tingling, weakness in the feet
Swings in heart rate and blood
Nausea and vomiting from abnormal functioning of the
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