Diabetes is a chronic condition that can lead to a series of complications over time. The complications can include heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and ulceration of the foot which requires amputation. Although many of these complications do not show early symptoms, most can be prevented or minimized with regular care and blood sugar monitoring. Make sure you read more about what comes after diabetes and what you can do to help your condition.
1. HEART DISEASE
People with diabetes have a higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. When blood glucose is high over extended period of time, it causes blood vessels to become inflamed. High blood glucose accelerates the buildup of waxy, fatty substance called plaque inside the vessels. Inflammation and plaque can narrow and block the blood vessels that supply blood to the various parts of the body. The most affected ones are heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves at the limbs.
2. EYE DAMAGE
Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy) leading to blindness. Diabetes also increases risk of cataracts (clouding of the eye’s lens) and glaucoma (increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision). A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma.
3. KIDNEY DAMAGE
The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessel clusters (glomerulus) that filter waste and toxins from your blood. Too much blood sugar can damage the filters, causing them to be scarred and thickened. After many years, they start to leak, and protein (albumin) begins to pass into the urine. Over time, the stress of overwork causes the kidneys to lose their filtering ability. Waste products start to build up in the blood, eventually leading to kidney failure.
4. NERVE DAMAGE
About half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. High blood sugar can injure the walls of tiny blood vessels that nourish your nerves, especially in the arms, legs, hands or feet, causing the diabetic to lose all sense of feeling in the affected limb. Besides, nerve damage may impair the functioning of digestive system or bladder function. If you keep your blood glucose levels within healthy range, you may help prevent or delay nerve damage.
5. RISK OF INFECTION
Nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of infection. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections which might require toe, foot or even leg amputation.
If you are looking for some natural health products for diabetes here is my recommendation:
Aloe Vera Gel
- Rich in non-soluble (improve bowel movements) and soluble fiber (helps to regulate blood glucose level)
- Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties – helps in improving wound healing
- Acemannans help to improve immune system by stimulating the production of macrophage (white blood cells that gobble up microbes)
Forever Bee Propolis
- Acts as a natural antibiotic, helps to stimulate the body to fight against microbes, thus helps in reducing infection and improving the recovery of wounds.
- Rich in Bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants which can help to maintain the body’s immune system and strengthen blood vessels for cardiovascular health.
Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein
- A protein shake that is easily digested and absorbed by the body, also helps in repairing and regeneration of tissues.
- Two shakes made with Forever Lite Ultra® with Aminotein® provide you with 34 grams of protein from soy. And according to the FDA, “25g of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- Contains Chromium, an essential nutrient which helps to increase insulin efficiency in controlling blood sugar level.
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10 BASIC TIPS TO PREVENT DIABETES COMPLICATIONS
Choose high fiber, complex carbohydrates
Lose weight if you need to
Do regular eye check
Be active – exercise
Say NO to salt and sugar whenever possible
Keep your blood glucose, cholesterol level and blood pressure in check
Take care of bumps and bruises
Limit alcohol intake
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