Avoiding Diabetes Complications
If it’s untreated or poorly treated, diabetes can cause serious complications, such as eye, kidney, and nerve damage (see Figure 2). Nearly all complications develop from having high blood glucose levels over many years, with other factors such as high blood pressure contributing. Over all, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of a similar age. To lessen your risk of these serious complications, follow the ABC’s of diabetes control.
If it’s not adequately treated, diabetes can cause serious complications. Nearly all of these complications develop from having high blood glucose levels over many years. People who achieve good blood sugar control through diet, exercise, or medication can greatly reduce their risk of developing these long-term complications.
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