01 July 2009

IS DIABETES DANGEROUS??

UNTREATED OR UNCONTROLLED DIABETES CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS






The high blood glucose level damages the small and large blood vessels in the body, particularly in the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and brain. Blood flow to the various organs and tissues is reduced or even cut off, causing damage.

If the nerves in the hands and feet are affected, there is a loss of feeling. Such people often injure themselves without realising it. The wounds are slow to heal and become infected easily.

The complications of diabetes are :

* Coma or loss of consciousness
* Eye disease & blindness
* Kidney failure
* Heart disease
* Stroke
* Nerve damage with loss of feeling or tingling sensations
* Foot ucers and amputations
* Impotence



Hopefully useful
Source:Health Promotion Board
3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937

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