Chronic complications

When you have one chronic complication, you’re much more at risk of developing other complications. So if your blood vessels are damaged in your feet for example, the damage can happen to other parts of your body like your kidneys and heart too. This means you need to stay on top of your health checks and blood sugar levels when you’re managing other problems.
This is serious, that’s why we want you to have all the facts so you can prevent complications from getting worse.

High blood sugar levels can seriously damage parts of your body, including your feet and your eyes. These are called the complications of diabetes. Do you know how to reduce your risk of developing them?

We don’t need to tell you that diabetes is complicated. It can cause all sorts of problems. From having a hypo when your sugars are too low, to long-term lasting damage to your eye sight, diabetes can do serious harm. And there are lots of different types of diabetes complications.

But did you know that you can preventor delay lots of these problems? They’re not inevitable. Keeping blood sugar,blood pressure and blood fats under control will hugely help to reduce your risk of developing complications. This means going to your diabetes health checks and knowing how to look after yourself between appointments.
We’ll help you arm yourself with the information and support you need to take action today and live well with diabetes.

What are the complications of diabetes?

You might hear your healthcare team talk about two types of diabetes complications – chronic and acute. Chronic complications are long-term problems that can develop gradually, and can lead to serious damage if they go unchecked. Acute complications can happen at any time, and they can lead to other complications too.

  • Eye problems (retinopathy)
  • Foot problems
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Kidney problems (nephropathy)
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Gum disease and other mouth problems
  • Related conditions, like cancer
  • Sexual problems in women
  • Sexual problems in men