Quick & simple way of remembering hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
Hot and Dry: sugar high [hyperglycemia]
Cold and Clammy: need some candy [hypoglycemia]
Diabetes: Chronic Complications
Diabetes can lead to serious, long-term complications.
Eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels, as well as other parts of the body can be affected.
The primary contributors to the development of complications are:
1) high blood glucose levels
2) high blood pressure
3) high blood fats.
The potential results of these three factors are:
1) diminished or blocked blood flow
2) damage to the blood vessels
3) nerve destruction.
Below are listed potential complications:
• Heart & Blood Vessel Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
(Note: Cardiovascular Disease is the major cause of mortality for individuals with diabetes. It is also a major contributor to morbidity and the direct and indirect costs of diabetes.)
• Eye Disease
Kidney disease – unable to excrete urine by the kidneys.
Burning, numbness, poor coordination in feet, legs, hands and arms
Damage to organs that function without conscious thought:
stomach, heart, blood pressure, intestines/bowels, bladder, skin & sex
Mouth – tooth decay, thickening of blood vessels, gum disease
Decreased immune system functioning