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Type 2 Diabetes: Living With Complications (cont.)


Some complications from type 2 diabetes may need surgical treatment at some time. For example, surgery to remove the vitreous gel (vitrectomy) may be needed for diabetic retinopathy. Foot problems caused by diabetic neuropathy may lead to a need for amputation. CardiovascularClick here to see an illustration. problems may require heart surgery.

For more information on possible surgery for complications from diabetes, see the topics Diabetic Retinopathy, Diabetic Nephropathy, and Diabetic Neuropathy. If you have heart and blood vessel disease, see the topics Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack and Unstable Angina, and Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs.

Other Treatment

Avoid products that promise a cure for type 2 diabetes complications or are advertised by testimonials of satisfied customers. These products or remedies may be harmful and costly. If you have questions about a product for diabetes, check with your local American Diabetes Association office, your doctor, or a diabetes educator.

Other types of meal plans

Talk with a registered dietitian before following other types of meal plans or using low glycemic index foods to prevent high blood sugar levels after meals.

Complementary therapies

Other types of treatment for diabetes complications are provided by therapists or others who do not operate within mainstream medical practice. Their unconventional approaches may be attractive, especially if you have complications from diabetes. None of these complementary therapies has been proved to be effective in treating diabetes or its complications. But you may benefit from safe nontraditional therapies that complement conventional medical treatment for your disease.

Do not use complementary therapies alone to treat your diabetes or its complications.

Talk with your doctor if you are using the following or other complementary or alternative therapies:

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