Complications of Diabetes

By: Erica Prater, RN, BSN, CDE | Diabetes Education Services

If diabetes is not controlled, serious complications can happen. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, Diabetes Education Services is here to help you learn how to manage this chronic disease. If you manage your blood sugar well and keep it in the target range, then you will protect yourself from the complications like these:

  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and the need to start dialysis.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Complications of diabetes can be devastating, but they can be prevented or postponed through healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugars and taking prescribed medications correctly. Please see a Certified Diabetes Educator to help you get started on the path to controlled diabetes so you can avoid the complications.
For more information about our services, call 706-475-5600.

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