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Type 2 Diabetes: Quiet Complications

Oct 15, 2007
Many people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are unaware of the life-threatening complications that accompany this disease. For most, it simply means not being able to eat cookies or drink regular soda anymore. Having type 2 diabetes means much more than that. It can mean your life.

Millions of people live with diabetes now and almost 3,000 more are being diagnosed every day in the U.S alone. Learning the signs, symptoms and complications early on can prevent or slow the progression. Some have even reversed this disease through diet, exercise and supplements. Below is a list of the most common complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

Depression
Many type 2 diabetics report feeling depressed. For most, this feeling comes on after being diagnosed without fully understanding what type 2 diabetes is. Many people feel they have a disease similar to cancer and have thoughts of dying from it and feeling hopeless. Others who have food or other behavioral addictions may think they have to give up everything they love due to having diabetes.

Skin Problems
Almost 1/3 of all diabetics suffer with some type of skin disorder. Dry itchy skin is the most common followed by eczema. Early treatment of skin problems can prevent future and recurring skin infections.

Foot Complications
People with diabetes commonly have problems with the feet, usually resulting from nerve damage from poor blood flow in the legs and feet. Water retention and feelings of pins and needles are felt.

Nerve Damage
Also known as Diabetic Neuropathy, it damages nerves that run throughout the body, connecting the spinal cord to muscles, skin and other organs. Tingling in the hands, feet and other areas are most common followed by numbness and the inability to feel injury or pain in certain parts of the body.

Eye Complications
Diabetes damages blood vessels in the eyes and over time can cause cloudy vision and eventually blindness.

Kidney Disease
Uncontrolled high blood sugar damages the kidneys, affecting their ability to filter waste products from the body and also resulting in kidney failure. When the kidneys fail, people must rely on dialysis treatments several times a week to filter their blood.

Heart Disease and Stroke
People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke due to blood vessel damage. Poor circulation resulting from blood sugars being too high is the reason for this increased risk.

Knowing the risks and complications can better inform you about treatments and questions you should be asking your doctor. Learn all you can about type 2 diabetes and share what you know to help others.
About the Author
An avid researcher of natural diabetes remedies, Emily Saar is a recovered type 2 diabetic as a result of using Eleotin and the owner of http://www.BetaTherapy.com. Visit to learn more about Eleotin and the truth about diabetes.
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