If you are a person with diabetes, it's important to know about the potential complications of the disease. Diabetic complications can affect almost every part of the body, including your heart, eyes, blood vessels, and feet. Some of the long-term complications of diabetes include:
- Heart and blood vessel disease (known medically as cardiovascular disease)
- Heart attacks
- Kidney failure.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Together with your healthcare provider, you can help prevent problems by controlling blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and blood lipids, and by receiving other preventive care practices in a timely manner.
(To learn about other possible complications, click Diabetes Complications.)