What health problems can develop with diabetes?
What health problems can develop with diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect different parts of your body through its complications. Diabetes can damage your eyes, heart and blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, teeth and gums. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • toe, foot, or leg infections requiring amputation
  • blindness
  • kidney failure
  • tooth and gum disease
  • pregnancy complications

The good news is that research shows many people can prevent or delay these complications.

General

Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your diabetes under control
(National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)
Read the NIH publication, Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your diabetes under control.
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/complications_control/index.aspx
American Diabetes Association
Learn about other medical problems caused by diabetes. Select All About Diabetes from the menu on the left, then select either Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Each article includes a section called Complications.
http://www.diabetes.org/

Heart , Blood Vessels, and High Blood Pressure

Prevent or delay complications: Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy
(National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)
Read the pamphlet, Prevent or delay complications: Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/complications_heart/index.aspx
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
(Joslin Diabetes Center)
http://www.joslin.org/info/diabetes_and_cardiovascular_disease.html

Feet

Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime: A Guide for People With Diabetes
(National Diabetes Education Program)
Read the guide, Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime: A Guide for People With Diabetes. Also available in Spanish.
http://ndep.nih.gov/media/NDEP4_TextCareFeet-2c_508.pdf
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Diabetic Foot
(National Library of Medicine)
Diabetic Foot from MEDLINEplus. A collection of Web sites about the diabetic foot.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabeticfoot.html

Nerves

Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes
(National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)
Read the NIH publication, Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/index.aspx
Erectile Dysfunction
(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
Read the NIH publication, Erectile Dysfunction.
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/ED/index.aspx
Sexual Dysfunction - Causes and Symptoms
(Joslin Diabetes Center)
Sexual dysfunction and diabetes (in both men and women).
http://www.joslin.org/info/sexual_dysfunction_causes_and_symptoms.html

Eyes

Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease
(National Eye Institute)
This webpage is for people with diabetic retinopathy and their families and friends. It provides information about diabetic retinopathy and answers questions about the cause and symptoms of this progressive eye disease. Diagnosis and types of treatment are described.
https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy
Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your eyes healthy
(National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)
Read the pamphlet, Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your eyes healthy.
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/complications_eyes/index.aspx

Kidneys

Kidney Problems
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Read the book section, Kidney Problems in Take Charge of Your Diabetes.
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/tcyd/kidney.htm
Kidney Failure: Choosing a Treatment That's Right for You
(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
Read the NIH publication, End Stage Renal Disease: Choosing Treatment Thatís Right for You.
http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/KUDiseases/pubs/choosingtreatment/index.aspx

Teeth & Gums

Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy
(National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse)
Read the pamphlet, Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your teeth and gums healthy.
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/complications_teeth/index.aspx

Skin

American Diabetes Association
To find out about Skin conditions and diabetes on the ADA site, select All About Diabetes from the menu on the left. Then select Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Choose Complications and scroll down to Skin complications.
http://www.diabetes.org/

Feelings

American Diabetes Association
To find out about living with diabetes, select All About Diabetes from the menu on the left. Then select Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Choose Common Concerns to find out about everyday issues. Learn what to expect when you're sick, how diabetes affects your mood, and how to prepare for travel. Also check out the Diabetes Learning Center by selecting Newly Diagnosed? from the menu on the right. This is a resource of basic information about living with diabetes.
http://www.diabetes.org/

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Written by: Barbara Carlson, M.L.S.
Last Modified: Tuesday March 16, 2004 11:04 AM