Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well - Robert Louis Stevenson
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About two years ago, my friend Tony lost three toes. The cause of this tragedy was type 2 diabetes, even though the disease is manageable and often preventable.
Tony then fought a host of complications. Small wounds would not heal and became life-threatening. Another amputation was necessary, and more were a looming threat. Comorbidities, including infection, high blood pressure and heart disease, waylaid him.
Tony was challenged on many other fronts. He was in and out of doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. He was financially stretched. He used up his short-term disability. He struggled to continue working in order to maintain his health…
Tony was not alone: according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million Americans suffer from diabetes, 7.2 million of whom are undiagnosed. All are at risk for amputated limbs, stroke, blindness, heart disease and other serious complications.
The many complications of diabetes are something most of us know about. Often this information is given to you at a time where you are not ready to hear it, or at a time that causes high anxiety. The way the media talks about it can highlight the “fear factor” that is all around us when it comes…
This site is dedicated to diabetes and diabetics, Type I and Type II, insulin-dependent (IDDM) and non-insulin dependent (NIDDM), at risk for diabetic complications from poor diabetic control such as kidney disease, overweight, high blood pressure and cholesterol, coronary heart disease and heart attacks, neuropathy, retinopathy and blindness, and leg ulcers with their attendant risk of gangrene and amputation.
Articles dealing with various diabetes complications.
High blood sugar levels can seriously damage parts of your body, including your feet and your eyes. These are called the complications of diabetes. Do you know how to reduce your risk of developing them?
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