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What are common consequences of diabetes?

2 June, 2014 ,

Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

    • Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. 50% of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease (primarily heart disease and stroke).
    • Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation.
    • Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. One percent of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes.

  • Diabetes is among the leading causes of kidney failure.
  • The overall risk of dying among people with diabetes is at least double the risk of their peers without diabetes.

By the World Health Organization (WHO)
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