Home > Medical > Diabetes > Diabetes and other organs Diabetes and other organs All sections in Diabetes » About Diabetes » Diabetes & other Organs » Diabetes and Pregnancy » Diabetes and the Elderly » Children & Teens » Diet and Obesity » FAQs » Health Tips » Living with Diabetes » Multimedia » Diabetes News » Real-life Story » Support Groups » The Glycaemic Index » Treatment: Type 1 » Treatment: Type 2 » What to do in a crisis » Who is at risk Diabetics face much greater risk of heart damage Diabetics have a six times higher risk of heart failure even if their diabetes is properly managed. Statins may help prevent diabetes-related nerve damage Statins, typically used for treating high cholesterol, have been shown to decrease the risk of nerve damage in diabetics. Recognising diabetic complications All diabetics do not develop complications. If the blood sugar levels are carefully controlled, in both types 1 and 2 diabetes, complications may never develop. Quiz Assess your diabetes risk » Ask Diabetes expert » Check Glycaemic index tool » Quiz Am I eating right for my diabetes? » 'Let it go' - a diabetic parody of Frozen's theme song A snapshot of diabetes in SA Diabetes and your kidneys Kidney problems result from damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys. High or heavily fluctuating blood sugar levels, can cause this damage called nephropathy. Diabetes and the circulatory system When blood glucose levels become uncontrolled, and the glucose levels in the blood remain dangerously high, the blood vessels in certain parts of the body become damaged. Diabetes and the eye When left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness in diabetics. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults between the ages of 16 and 74. Diabetes and the brain When nerve damage takes place, the nerves that control sensation, are damaged. This can lead to loss of sensation in that part of the body or to unsteadiness, pain and numbness. Diabetes and gangrene Peripheral arterial disease caused by atherosclerosis is more likely to affect diabetics and can lead to strokes and gangrene. Diabetes and the heart Having diabetes increases your risk of having heart disease or stroke. Although there is no cure for diabetes, you can still avoid complications and enjoy a long, productive life. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Cardiovascular risk factors Take care of your teeth. Anytime. Anywhere. Like us on facebook!