Complications of Diabetes: Heart Disease, Nerve, Eye and Kidney Damage.

The following pages give the medical terms and further information on the main complications of diabetes. They also show what you can do yourself to minimize the risks of those complications developing or progressing.

Generally diabetic's also suffer from an increased risk of infections and are recommended to have a number of preventive innoculations including the annual flu jab.

They also may find that injuries and infections are slow to heal. This is especially true when blood sugar control is poor.

If you have diabetes, the statistics on its complications and indeed deaths caused by them can be quite frightening.

Its worth saying just how important good diet, regular exercise and weight control are in lowering the risks of those complications developing or getting worse.

I know this is easier to write than to do, but diet and exercise are both elements where its often down to the individual.

Where you have the choice don't rely purely on a few more pills to swallow. Do what you can yourself, the professionals will be more than happy to help!

I should also remind any reader that I am not a medical professional, this is only information I have wanted to find out myself as a diabetic.


Heart Disease & Strokes (Coronary Heart Disease)

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Strictly not a complication in itself but high blood pressure increases the risks of most of the other complications of diabetes developing or getting worse.

Kidney Damage (Nephropathy)

Nerve Damage (Neuropathy).

Eye Damage (Retinopathy)