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How diabetes affects the body

Diabetes affects the entire body!

High blood glucose has a damaging affect on many parts of the body especially the heart, nerves, kidneys and eyes.

What I didn’t know was that diabetes is also considered a blood vessel disorder, not just a blood glucose disorder. That means there is not any part of the body that is not affected by diabetes.

How Does Diabetes Affect the Body?

This enlightening video by Professor Amy Bull from Vanderbilt School of Nursing explains the far reaching effects of diabetes on the body.

Thank you to ehowhealth for use of the helpful video.

In summary …

Diabetes is life threatening, however the main complications someone may have from diabetes include:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease – including hypertension and stroke.
  • Nerve damage – can commonly result in foot damage.
  • Kidney damage – kidney damage or disease.
  • Eye damage – can potentially lead to blindness.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.

Consult a doctor and monitor your blood glucose if you feel you may be at risk of diabetes.

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5 Responses to “How does type 2 diabetes affect different parts of your body?”

  1. Steve says:

    A good reminder of how pervasive the effects of diabetes are. A lot of damage can be done.

    On a lighter note, good work on getting your effects and affects the right way around :) (I hope!)

  2. KellieMyHS says:

    It’s true! I do tend to get my ‘effects’ and ‘affects’ round the wrong way! :)

  3. Ray says:

    Always enjoy the youtubes you find Kellie. Keep them coming! Ray.

  4. NotThePest says:

    I had taken notice of all the times my hairdresser said my hair growth thinned out and when it began to grow in thicker. Since I charted my glucose and blood pressure numbers and kept an exercise log, I began studying those numbers and comparing when she noticed my hair growth thinning to what was going on with my numbers. I’ve observed that when my A1c numbers are at 6.6 (Dr’s visit and when my overall average glucose numbers average out to around 120 – 130 or lower my hair stops thinning out. Now that was an eye opener. I also did my review and comparisons about 10 days before you, Kelly, put the link up. Since I’m female, I want ever strand of hair I can grow. I’m also wondering if the reason I’m seeing so many folks putting in hair weaves and extensions is either undiagnosed diabetes and or out of control blood glucose numbers and not all the effects of aging, which is usually what thinning hair in women is attributed to.

    • KellieMyHS says:

      How interesting! I would not have connected hair loss to blood glucose levels. But of course it makes sense! Healthy hair is an extension of a healthy body.
      Tracking your blood glucose along with your hair loss seems to have found another affect that diabetes has on the body! :)

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