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Diabetic Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a word which means "sick nerves." It is an early complication of diabetes which starts to occur in people who have blood sugars most doctors dismiss as "normal" or "mildly prediabetic."

Because nerves are damaged by the "mildly" elevated blood sugar levels that most doctors ignore, almost one half of people with Type 2... more

Diabetic Blindness - Retinopathy

Retinopathy means "sick retina" and it is among the most terrifying of diabetic complications. What happens in retinopathy is that, with continual exposure to high blood sugars, tiny blood vessels start to grow in a disordered and out of control fashion in the retina--the part of the eye where nerves transmit light images to the brain.... more

Diabetic Tendon Problems

People with diabetes are much more prone to develop problems with tendons than normal people. This is probably because the blood supply to tendons is normally pretty sparse, so very early diabetic changes in blood vessels may show up first in tendons.

Another possible explanation may be that high blood sugars may cause abnormal thickening... more

Diabetic Kidney Damage

One of the worst things high blood sugars do to your body is that they slowly destroy your kidneys.

Unfortunately, as is the case with so many "diabetic" complications, this organ destruction also appears to begin long before many people are given a diabetes diagnosis.

The landmark UKPDS study found that one out of eight people... more

Dementia and Diabetes - A Confusing Relationship

The news often carries stories that link diabetes and Alzheimer's disease or dementia and make it sound as if a diabetes diagnosis may also doom you to developing these terrible, incurable, life-ruining conditions.

These media reports are often based on poor understanding of the studies they cite. Here are what several important studies... more

Charcot's Foot

Charcot's Foot is a foot complication caused by clogged blood bessels.
Most of us know that people with diabetes are prone to getting clogged arteries. But this is often portrayed as being caused by a build up of cholesterol in the large arteries of the heart, which doctors treat by prescribing statins. (Whether this works is discussed in... more

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