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Eye Problems

High blood sugars can cause blurred vision, and poorly-controlled diabetes can lead to blindness.

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Eye Problems

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From the National Eye Institute

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Foot Problems

Diabetes can damage both the nerves and the blood vessels to the feet leading to numbness, burning “pins and needles” feeling, poor circulation and possibly amputation.

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Foot Problems

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From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

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Dental Complications

High blood sugars can cause gum disease [Periodontal disease) and gum disease can cause high blood sugars.

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Dental Complications

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

From the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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Kidney Complications

High blood sugars, especially if combined with high blood pressure, can cause kidney damage and lead to dialysis.

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Kidney Complications

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From the National Kidney Foundation

When you have diabetes, you are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease.

More than 35% of U.S. adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease.

In many cases, early detection and treatment of kidney disease can help prevent more serious kidney disease and other complications.

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Nerve Complications

High blood sugars can damage nerves in any part of the body.

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Nerve Complications

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From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

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Cardiovascular Complications

Diabetes, especially in people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, causes heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer of people with diabetes.

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Heart and blood vessel diseases

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From the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute

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High blood cholesterol

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High blood pressure and hypertension

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Reproductive Health

Diabetes can cause impotence in men (inability to get an erection) and yeast infections (vaginitis) in women.

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Reproductive Health

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Pregnancy

Diabetes can also complicate pregnancy.

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Pregnancy

From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

From the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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Stomach

Poorly-controlled diabetes can cause nerve damage to the stomach leading to nausea, poor digestion, and bloating.

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Stomach

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Respiratory complications

People with diabetes are more likely to die with pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.

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Respiratory Complications

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Stroke

People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke than people without diabetes.

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Stroke

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