How Diabetes Can Affect Your Body

How Diabetes can effect your body

Having high blood sugar from diabetes over time can cause serious health complications.

  • Heart
    Damaging blood vessels and causing high blood pressure, a heart attack, or heart failure
  • Eyes
    Damaging the small blood vessels at the back of the eyes, leading to vision loss
  • Feet
    Reducing blood flow and damaging nerves, making a wound more likely to get infected and harder to heal, and increasing the risk of amputation
  • Ears
    Affecting how nerve signals travel from the inner ear to the brain, causing hearing loss
  • Nerves
    Causing numbness or pain that makes it hard to do daily activities
  • Mouth
    Increasing harmful bacteria and causing cavities and gum disease
  • Blood Vessels
    Damaging blood vessel walls and decreasing blood flow
  • Stomach
    Damaging the nerves in the stomach and slowing or stopping digestion
  • Brain
    Damaging blood vessels in the brain and causing a stroke or memory loss
  • Sexual Health
    Damaging nerves and reducing blood supply, causing erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness
  • Skin
    Causing skin infections or changes such as dark patches on the skin
  • Kidneys
    Reducing how well kidneys filter waste, leading to chronic kidney disease


The good news? Keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range can help prevent or delay all these conditions.