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Abnormal Glucose Levels

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

DKA is a serious condition that can lead to diabetic coma or even death. It develops slowly and occurs when your cells don’t get the glucose they need for energy.

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Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose)

Hyperglycemia is the technical term for high blood sugar, which ahppens when the body has too little insulin or when the body can’t use insulin properly.

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Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)

Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood sugar levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl.

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Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)

HHNS is a serious condition most frequently seen in older people. It occurs when blood sugar levels rise, and your body tries to get rid of excess sugar by passing it into your urine.

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Eye Chart, Glasses, and Eye Medications

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Avoiding Serious Eye Diseases

The National Eye Institute offers a guide so that you can stay on TRACK and prevent blindness associated with eye conditions resultant from your diabetes.

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Diabetes Eye Exams

Diabetes can harm your eyes by damaging the small blood vessels in your retina. It also increases your risk of glaucoma.
Your doctor can catch problems early with regular eye exams.

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Diabetic Eye Disease FAQ

Answers to common questions such as the most prevalent diabetic eye disease, symptoms, and detection.

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Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease comprises of a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma.

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Skin and Nerve Conditions

Autonomic Neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves in your body that control body systems.

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Gastroparesis is a disorder affecting people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in which the stomach takes too long to empty its content due to a damaged vagus nerve.

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can cause tingling, pain, numbness,
or weakening in your feet and hands.

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Other Types of Neuropathy

Additional types of neuropathy include, but are not limited to Charcot’s Joint, femoral neuropathy,
and unilateral foot drop.

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Skin Complications

Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin.
Such problems can often be the first sign that a person has diabetes,
and can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

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Foot Problems

People with diabetes can develop man different foot problems, most often involving neuropathy or nerve damage.

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Additional Complications

Dental Problems

Too much sugar in your blood can cause more glucose to be present in your saliva, which can promote the growth of harmful bacteria.

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Heart Disease and Stroke

People with diabetes have a higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

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Kidney Disease

Diabetes can damage the filtering system of the kidneys and case them to fail. Failing kidneys lose their ability to filter waste products, resulting in nephropathy, or kidney disease.

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Sexual and Urologic Problems

Having diabetes can mean early onset and increased severity of troublesome bladder symptoms and changes in sexual function due to damaged blood vessels and nerves.

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