Diabetes Complications

Diabetes complications can be serious. Diabetes can cause nerve damage. Nerve damage caused by diabetes is called diabetic neuropathy. People with diabetic neuropathy may experience numbness, pain, or tingling in the extremities or have no symptoms. Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes, especially for diabetic patients who have had diabetes for over twenty-five years.

People with diabetes have an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Fatty deposits can accumulate inside blood vessels due to high levels of glucose in the blood. These fatty deposits constrict blood flow which can lead to heart disease. If a blood vessel in the brain or neck becomes clogged, it can cause a stroke.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease associated with diabetes. Diabetes retinopathy is a condition that can cause the small blood vessels of the eyes to leak blood. This condition can cause blurriness, blank spots, dark spots, flashing lights, and pain or pressure in the eyes.

If diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, it can lead to blindness. If diabetic patients experience any vision problems, they should notify their physicians. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with lasers to stop blood vessels from continuing to leak into the vitreous of the eye.

Diabetes can cause kidney failure. People who have had diabetes for at least fifteen years are at greater risk for kidney failure. Diabetes impairs the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.  

There are some lesser-known complications of diabetes. Erectile dysfunction affects thirty-five to fifty percent of men with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can increase a diabetic patient’s risk of tooth and gum disease.

Gastroparesis is caused my nerve damage affecting the nerves of the stomach. This complication of diabetes causes gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn, reflux, and nausea. Gastroparesis extends the amount of time it takes for food to digest. Partially undigested food can sit in the stomach for significant periods of time which can cause a blockage of the digestive tract.  

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Friends And Family Of Diabetic Patients

Friends and family of diabetic patients can be a source of support or a hindrance for the diabetic patient. Friends and family may sabotage the care of the diabetic patient by tempting the patient with food that would not be conducive to maintaining safe blood sugar levels. This sabotage is not done with evil intentions. Most likely, it is done out of a lack of education about the illness.

Diabetic patients must not only educate themselves, but also those around them. Physicians and the Internet can provide information about diabetes which can be shared with friends and family. Friends and family who are aware of the symptoms and treatment of diabetes and the possible complications of the illness can be the best support system for the diabetic patient.

Friends and family should be aware of how to act in the case of a diabetic crisis. Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar level dips dangerously low. It can cause dizziness, hunger, shakiness, and even seizures. If the diabetic patient is conscious, they should consume a half cup of fruit juice, five or six pieces of hard candy, or glucose tablets.

Glucose tablets are usually available at drug stores and should be kept on hand in case of hypoglycemia. Family and friends of diabetic patients should refrain from giving them food or drink during a hypoglycemic crisis if the patient is passed out. Instead, they should call emergency medical services.

Family can also take steps to decrease their risk for developing the disease since there is a hereditary component to diabetes. When a loved one develops diabetes, it can be a motivator for the family to follow a healthier lifestyle. Healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help someone avoid developing diabetes. Creating these healthy routines can help both the family and the diabetic patient.

Hopes Of Someone Suffering From Diabetes

The hopes of someone suffering from diabetes are similar to the hopes of everyone. A diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t mean that the diabetic patient has to let go of their aspirations. With proper treatment, people with diabetes can live happy, healthy lives.

People with diabetes can have fear of developing the health complications associated with diabetes. The health risks of diabetes need not have a crippling effect on the diabetic patient. If diabetic patients are following a proper, diabetic diet and exercising as part of their healthy lifestyles, they should feel empowered that they are controlling the disorder. Including a routine of checking for any signs of foot or skin damage in their diabetes treatment can help prevent serious diabetes complications.

Though there is no cure for diabetes, advances in treatment have increased the freedom and effectiveness of treatment. Insulin pump therapy can provide freedom from multiple injections of insulin and more dietetic freedom. Throughout the history of diabetes management, the illness has become easier to manage.

It seems likely that progress will continue to improve the lives and alleviate the limits of diabetes. Some physicians expect that the insulin pumps will eventually be replaced with more advanced models that can not only deliver the appropriate insulin, but can monitor the patient’s blood sugar level and program the correct amounts itself. They expect that the pumps will become automatic insulin administration devices that will ensure the proper insulin treatment without any input from the patient.

People with diabetes should feel free to discuss any concerns that they have with their physicians. Some diabetic patients experience depression or sexual dysfunction. These problems should be addressed with the physician just like any other health concerns. The diabetic patient should not be content to live with health problems that can be treated. The hopes for someone with diabetes should be to live a full life without unnecessary suffering or limitations.

Do You Need To Follow A Diabetic Diet?

If you are suffering from diabetes, your body cannot make or properly use insulin on its own. This can leads to high blood glucose, or sugar, levels in your blood. All this can leads to complications if it is not treated and untreated diabetes can eventually leads to death due to the diabetes complications.  

There are several points in the treatment of diabetes and they all play a very important role.

  • Regular exercising helps to strengthen your heart and may also lower your blood sugar level
  • Staying in good shape maintaining a good BMI, meaning an ideal body weight for your height
  • Taking diabetic medication regularly if required by doctors,
  • Following strictly to a diabetic diet, which is what this blog will specifically emphasize on.

Eating healthily helps to reduce your blood sugar. It is a important part of managing your diabetes, because controlling your blood sugar can prevent diabetic complications, like diabetic retinopathy, kidney failure or diabetic neuropathy etc.

So what is a diabetic diet?

A diabetic diet is effective a diet that has got high in dietary fibre, especially soluble fibre, but low in saturated fat, lesser of carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index.

Diabetes experts suggest diabetic meal plans that are flexible and able to take your lifestyle and other health needs into consideration.

You can also read more at
http://www.endocrineweb.com/diabetes/treatment.html 
http://www.diabetic-diets.net/