Unmanaged diabetes can lead to many surprising and serious complications.
Medically-mandated diet changes are always a stressful transition. If you are struggling to keep your eating habits in check after a diabetes diagnosis, you may be thinking "what's the worst that can happened if I cheat a little?" A lot could happen. If you aren't responsible about controlling your blood sugar, you might experience any of these complications.
- Eye problems – From cataracts to glaucoma, unmanaged diabetes is not easy on your eyes. If you value your vision, you'll want to take care of your body and follow your doctor's recommendations for treatment.
- Hearing loss – Vision may not be your only sense to go. According to the American Diabetes Association, hearing loss is twice as likely in diabetes patients when compared to the rest of the population.
- Nerve damage – When your blood sugar gets too high, it affects the walls of your capillaries. This can eventually cause nerve damage. You'll experience chronic tingling or numbness, typically in the legs or feet.
- Skin problems – One strange side effect of diabetes is that you may become prone to sores, especially on your feet. You'll want to keep your feet clean and dry to prevent flare-ups.
- Gum infections – Diabetic patients who do not practice good oral hygiene may find a mess in their mouth.
- Cardiovascular complications – One of the most serious complications of diabetes is heart disease and other heart health issues. Managing your condition could prevent these future problems.
Are you struggling to keep your diabetes under control? Whether you need help with weight loss, nutritional counseling, or finding an effective medicine, we can connect you with the right physician. Call our referral line at 1-855-477-DRMC (3762).