The Effects of Diabetes on Your Body

A person who suffers from diabetes produces too little insulin (or none at all) in the pancreas. The insulin in the body cannot be produced or used effectively. This condition allows blood glucose levels to increase while the rest of the cells in the body is not able to utilize much needed energy. High blood sugar levels can lead to various issues and complications affecting almost all major system in the body. The most common chronic diabetes-related health conditions are: damage to the large blood vessels of the brain, heart and legs (macrovascular issues), damage to the small blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, feet and nerves (microvascular issues).

Risk of Stroke

The risk of stroke for diabetics are four times higher than for someone without diabetes.

Risk of Heart Disease

People with diabetes are two times more likely to have high blood pressure, increasing risk for heart disease. High blood pressure and damaged blood vessels put added strain on the heart, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Loss of Consciousness

Without treatment, diabetec ketoacidosis can lead to loss of consciousness.

Visual Disturbances (Diabetec Retinopathy)

Damaged blood vessels in the eyes can cause visual disturbances like floaters. If this is left untreated, diabetes can lead to vision loss or blindness.

Cataracts and Glaucoma

Cataracts and Glaucoma

You have an increased risk of cataracts and glaucoma if you have diabetes. Your risk is higher compared to people who don’t have diabetes.

Extreme Thirst

Being always thirsty is often one of the first noticeable symptoms of diabetes.

Sweet-Smelling Breath

Breath that has a sweet scent can indicate high levels of ketones, a serious complication of diabetes.

Fatigue and Lack of Energy

Overall kidney and pancreas issues can cause you to feel more tired. When you are tired, it is also harder for you to concentrate. When your kidneys no longer work well enough to support your daily activities, then you have Diabetec Nephropathy.

Pancreas Malfunction

Pancreas than are poorly functioning or nonfunctioning pancreas will not be able to produce the insulin that your body needs for it to convert glucose into energy.

Excessive Urination

An early warning sign of diabetes is when you urinate frequently. This due to the nerve damage that diabetes causes which affects bladder control. Another indication is when this is a high level of protein in your urine, which means there is kidney damage.

Damaged Blood Vessels

Too much glucose in your system can cause restricted blood flow. This condition leads to a variety of symptoms and damage to the blood vessels. You are even at a higher risk if you smoke.

Nerve Damage

Diabetes leads to nerve damage, which is often what is described as feeling “pins and needles” on the skin. Nerve damage can also change how you feel cold, heat and pain, which increases your risk of injuries.

Foot Problems

Increased risk of calluses, foot wounds and infections or ulcers of the foot is one of the effects of diabetes. Foot problems can be caused by nerve damage from high blood sugar and decreased blood circulation to your feet.

Risk of Infections

Diabetes can raise your risk of bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections. Your feet which is exposed a lot to these pathogens are the most vulnerable to infection.

Gastroparesis

Poor blood sugar management can cause inadequate grinding of food in the stomach, and a delayed emptying of food from the stomach to the intestines. This disease which causes the stomach muscles to stop working is called gastroparesis. This can cause bloating, heartburn, and nausea.

Ketoacidosis

To compensate for the lack of insulin, your body uses other hormones to turn fat into energy. This then produces high levels of toxic acids (ketones) which have great potential to be life-threatening.

Skin

High blood sugar causes the body to lose fluids faster than it can be replenished. This can lead dry and itchy skin, calluses and cracks, fungal and bacterial infection, especially on the feet.

Gums

Poorly controlled diabetes and high blood sugar levels can lead to gum disease

Sex Organs

Damage to the nerves or blood vessels caused by diabetes can interfere with sexual function.

When the disease is detected and dealt with early, it can be effectively managed. When left untreated, diabetes can lead to various potential complications that include heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and nerve damage.

ANF Therapy can address and help you combat and manage the effects of diabetes. Contact us to get help.



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