Diabetes and other organs

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.

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.

Type 1 diabetics face higher risk of dying

Those suffering from type 1 diabetes are more likely to die than non-diabetics. The risk of dying is 8.5 times higher for type 1 diabetics with an HbA1C of 9.7 or higher.

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.

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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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