Type 2 Diabetes: Keep Damage Away From Your Body !

A type of diabetes that has made up more than 90 percent of 21 million cases in the U.S. is Type two diabetes. Some studies show that millions of people have it and that a large number are expected to have it worldwide by the year 2025. Since Type 2 diabetes is very common, it does not receive the attention that other diseases like cancer or AIDS receive. However, a very large part of the population has it and apparently, it appears to be getting worse. It has become so bad at this point, that it is now showing up more often in young people.


So, when you get Type 2 Diabetes, what sort of damage does it do to your body? Depending on how healthy you are and the medications you are currently taking for diabetes, the damage might be better or worse. Particular regions of your body that can be damaged due to high blood glucose levels are your kidneys, eyes, and your heart and blood vessels. More severe cases can also lead to nerve damage or disease. Kidneys are susceptible to disease when blood vessels collapse and begin to leak. More pressure on the kidneys damage any remaining blood vessels further and eventually cause the kidneys to fail.


Once the kidney’s reach the failure point, dialysis is the next step that a person will permanently be using. The likelihood of getting kidney failure is severe, so the American Diabetes Association, ADA, proposes patients to be screened for protein in the urine each year during diagnosis. Both eyes can be affected by Diabetes Type 2 as blood vessels at the rear of the eyes begin to swell. This pressure can finally damage blood vessels to the retina resulting in leakage of blood therefore blocking vision. Retina damage is irreversible. Because of this, it is recommended that patients be checked yearly for retinopathy.


The blood vessels within important organs, like the heart, are affected when Type 2 diabetes and your health is not properly cared for. Nerve disease is a frequently reported in many with poorly managed Type II Diabetes. It affects your ability to determine pressure, pain, and temperature. It especially affects feeling in the lower legs and feet. This is the main problem causing severe damage to your feet. Circulation is poor in the feet and patients cannot tell there is a problem until it is too late. Really bad cases result in amputation of the toes or even a feet. As a consequence of this severity, it’s recommended by the ADA that those with Diabetes 2 have a comprehensive foot exam yearly.

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This post was written by admin on June 1, 2010

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