Home > Medical > Diabetes > Diabetes complications Diabetes complications 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 Diabetes is a systemic disease meaning that it can affect almost every organ in the body. The effects of diabetes include damage from high blood glucose levels to the heart, kidneys, brain and eyes. Find more information on diabetes and organs here. Diabetes and the brain When nerve damage takes place, the nerves that control sensation, are damaged. Recognising diabetic complications All diabetics do not develop complications. Viral infections linked to type 1 diabetes A recent study found that a group of common viral infections, caused by enteroviruses, may have ties to type 1 diabetes. SEE: What can type 2 diabetes do to your body? Most people don't realise diabetes can affect almost every part of the body. Here are some of the most common complications associated with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease a dangerous combination The reason heart disease and type 2 diabetes are linked is partly because obesity and problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels contribute to both conditions. Diabetes and your kidneys Kidney problems result from damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys. What Is diabetic neuropathy? There are a number of ways that diabetes damages the nerves, but they all seem related to blood sugar being too high for a long period of time. Diabetic couch potatoes have higher risk of blindness A study has found an association between lower levels of physical activity among diabetics and heightened odds for diabetic retinopathy. Better treatment slashes diabetes complications Better diabetes treatment has slashed rates of complications such as heart attacks, strokes and amputations in older adults. Type 2 diabetes may damage hearing An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown in many studies. load more From our sponsor 10 facts about diabetes and insulin you need to know Should I be using insulin?