Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Health Tip: Long-Term Complications of Diabetes

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What's possible

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood sugar.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions these possible long-term complications of uncontrolled diabetes:

  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • Damage to the kidneys, nerves and eyes.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • High cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Infections of the urinary tract or skin.
  • Stroke.
  • Peripheral vascular disease.

However, good blood glucose control can help prevent these complications.

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