Problems Related to Diabetes Complications
The biggest challenge for many people with diabetes is to come to terms not just with the diagnosis of diabetes but with the fact that their diabetes places them at risk for a number of serious complications.
There are four main categories of complications from diabetes, affecting:
The experts do not completely understand what causes some people to develop complications from diabetes while others do not. For unknown reasons, some people have tissue and unidentified factors that are more or less resistant to damage. But having other risk factors for a specific complication increases the likelihood that you may develop that complication. For example, people with diabetes who smoke are at higher risk for heart disease than people with diabetes who do not smoke.
In some cases, you may be able to prevent complications. In other cases, that may not be possible, but good management of your diabetes can delay the onset of these problems and minimize their intensity when they do occur.
This table presents the potential problems related to diabetes complications and the symptoms that indicate those problems.
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