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  * What chronic complications are associated with diabetes?  
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  Arterial complications:
Hardening of arteries in the brain, heart, and feet. Apoplexy, myocardial infarction, decreased blood flow to the feet leading to occasional limping, coldness, lack of feeling. The feet can also become easily infected, and cannot heal quickly. 50 to 70 percent of all amputations are on diabetics.

Prevention:
Reduce blood fat and blood sugar.
Control blood pressure.
Exercise the feet.
Be careful of injuring feet.

Eye complications:
Diabetes is one of the major reasons for blindness, cataracts, glaucoma and retinal changes.

Prevention:
Control blood sugar.
Have your eyes checked at least once per year.
Control blood pressure.

Nervous system complications:
Short or long-term numbness of the including autonomic and surrounding nerves, leading to palpitations, abdominal distention, constipation, diarrhea, incontinence, difficulty urinating, low blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, pain or numbness in the extremities, delayed sensitivity.

Prevention:
Control blood sugar.
Control blood pressure.

Kidney complications:
Can lead to edema, albuminuria, rising blood pressure. Kidney failure can lead to uremia, and can require long-term dialysis.

Prevention:
Control blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
Prevent urinary tract infections.
Early detection and prevention.
 
   
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