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Long Term Complications

Diabetes associated with a lot of other medical problems. And so the reason we treat diabetes is to prevent these other problems. So high blood sugar is associated with eye, kidney, and nerve disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the country, the leading cause of needing to have dialysis because of kidney failure. And it’s also the leading cause of nontraumatic foot amputations. Those are associated with high blood sugar so we control the blood sugar to try to reduce those. The other complications of diabetes are heart disease and strokes. Diabetes increases the risk of those conditions two to threefold.

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