It is not the high and low levels of your blood-sugar that determines its affects to the body. It is the average that may develop other health problems. Complication may be prevented using medication, altering our habits and exercising regularly. You may also be able to reduce the amount of prescription drugs you are taking-reducing prescription drug cost and lowering our Medicare spending.
There are 4 major areas that are affected by diabetes:
----heart damage ADA 2000
Diabetic neuropathy is caused when people have had diabetes for an extended period of time. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, there are 3 forms of nerve damage:
-Peripheral neuropathy-most common affect is feet and legs
-Autonomic neuropathy-internal organs that function automatically
-Mono-neuropathy- affects a single nerve, commonly the eye
High blood-sugar levels damage nerves. Symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association, may include:
-prickling, burning feeling
-loss of feeling
To prevent these symptoms, if you have diabetes:
1. Keep blood-sugar levels controlled and know your blood-sugar level history
2. No smoking or reduce the amount your smoke
3. Little or no alcohol
4. Eat healthy
Also called, nephropathy, kidney disease is the result of damage to the cells in the kidney. The kidney is a filter for the blood stream. Over time, diabetes may affect the kidneys so that proteins are lost in the urine.
Have your physician check your urine once a year or more if you have had a change of condition. There are no symptoms until it is to late, when it comes to the kidneys. Keep your blood-sugar levels at a normal range and keep a history of your blood-sugar levels.
Kidney damage CAN NOT be reversed.
Diabetic retinopathy is a confusing word for an eye disease in the small blood vessels. These vessels swell and leak and sight is blurred. 80% of people with retinopathy do not go beyond stage one.
Diabetes may also cause your arteries, veins and capillaries to function improperly. This can cause a stroke, if left untreated. Your blood may clot too easily, or blood vessels may be narrow in which the vessels are used to carry blood that takes away waste and brings in nutrients. Symptoms can include:
-infections in the skin
To avoid symptoms that cause damage to the body, please:
1. Keep blood-sugar levels under control and maintain a blood-sugar history
2. Don’t smoke as much
3. Lower fatty food intake and incorporate NO salt into your diet regularly, not always but regularly-schedule them into your week
4. Exercise regularly-schedule exercise into your weekly schedule, remember there are 10080 minutes in a week
5. Lose weight if you need to
6. Check your feet regularly
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