Complications of diabetes
Over time, diabetes can result in a number of complications which occur because of the effects of raised glucose levels on blood vessels. These include heart disease and stroke, as well as damage to the eyes, kidneys and feet.
Maintaining blood glucose within a target range through dietary changes, use of insulin or other diabetes medications reduces the risk of developing longer-tem complications. In addition, people with diabetes are offered regular health checks that look for early signs and symptoms of disease, as well as being advised to monitor their own health at home.
More information on the major complications that occur in people with diabetes can be found by clicking on the subheadings Eye Problems, Foot Problems, Kidney Problems, and Heart Disease and Stroke in the left-hand navigation bar.