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Possible Complications

Diabetes is associated with long-term complications that affect almost every part of the body. Over time, the high blood glucose levels caused by the condition can lead to problems in the:
 
These problems can cause complications such as:
 
  • Blindness
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Amputations
  • Nerve damage.
     
Uncontrolled diabetes can complicate pregnancy, and birth defects are more common in babies born to women with diabetes.
 
Such complications can be prevented or delayed by keeping the following characteristics in a normal or close-to-normal range:
 

What Is Pre-Diabetes?

Some people develop a condition called insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes, before they develop type 2 diabetes. When insulin resistance is present, the body does not respond properly to the insulin it has released to lower the levels of glucose in the blood. As a result, the pancreas releases more insulin to try to keep up with the excess glucose. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, over time, this leads to type 2 diabetes. Obesity, aging, and a lack of exercise can all play a role in developing insulin resistance and heightening the risk for the condition.
 
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