Type 1 Diabetes: Living With Complications (cont.)
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The most important measures you can take at home if you have one or more complications from type 1 diabetes are:
For more information, see the Home Treatment section of the topic Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease.
Other measures to care for and protect yourself depend on which complication you have.
Eye disease (diabetic retinopathy)
Call your eye specialist if you notice any changes in your vision. Vision changes may mean that diabetic retinopathy is getting worse. Early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss.
If you have severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy, vision aids can help. Your local or state organization for the visually impaired can help you find these aids.
For more information, see the topic Diabetic Retinopathy.
Kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)
For more information, see the topic Diabetic Nephropathy.
Heart and large blood vessel disease
Even if you don't have heart and blood vessel problems, you are at risk for them.
Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
If it affects your ability to feel (peripheral neuropathy):
If it affects your body's internal functioning (autonomic neuropathy):
For more information, see the topic Diabetic Neuropathy.
Daily care of your feet is very important. Because diabetic neuropathy and diabetic damage to the blood vessels in your legs can lead to severe infections and deformities of your feet, seek treatment for any foot problem, no matter how minor it seems. Even a small foot injury can lead to serious complications.
For more information, see:
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