Diabetes - A Complicated Disease

Complications of Diabetes

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Diabetes is a chronic disease with many complications. Short-term and long-term complications, as well as co-existing diseases, are a constant threat. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may develop the same complications, but symptoms of the complications in people with type 2 may be the first signs of diabetes.

Short-term complications are the day-to-day problems that can attack without warning, such as hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyper-osmolar syndrome are emergency situations that require immediate care.

Read about short-term complications:

Diabetes is a chronic illness with no cure, and it is progressive. Long-term complications are the result of damage that can occur over a period of years.

Long-term complications:

Diabetes can affect other aspects of the body as well. Besides cardiovascular diseases and associated conditions, it can also wreak havoc with emotions and alter quality of life.

Conditions Associated with Diabetes:

Complications are a fact of life when you have diabetes, but knowing what you are up against is half the battle.

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