The Terrifying Consequences of Unmanaged Diabetes

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Diabetes is a huge problem in our culture. As a result, there is a great deal of awareness about the early signs of diabetes. Unfortunately, some of our community members are not seeking the appropriate medical care they need in a timely fashion so they can prevent some of the more troubling complications of late-stage diabetes. It is important to be aware and open about prevention and early detection but it is also critical to be informed about what can happen when Type II diabetes becomes debilitating.

Left unchecked, diabetes can have traumatic consequences including heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.

What It is and Its Effects

Diabetes is reflected by high levels of glucose in the blood. The higher the blood glucose level, the more likely a person is to be damaging his or her nerves and blood vessels throughout the body. Elevated glucose levels increase the body’s vulnerability to experience an array of health issues, including damage to the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and gums. It also compromises the body’s ability to fight infection.

Symptoms of Late Stage Diabetes

Urinary problems – irregular urination caused by not realizing when bladder is full.

Sexual problems – circulation problems and nerve damage often show up as sexual issues including decreased lubrication, trouble with arousal, increased vaginal infections, erectile dysfunction and fewer orgasms.

Gastrointestinal problems – a delay in emptying the stomach after eating with a feeling of fullness, heartburn, bloating and abdominal pain, anorexia, reflux and vomiting of undigested food. Lower gastrointestinal issues can range from diarrhea to constipation.

Skin problems – as a result of poor circulation from nerve damage, which leads to slow healing of wounds and skin ulcers. Signs of infection include stubborn sores, redness, pus, tenderness and swelling.

Lower leg and foot problems – loss of sensation in feet and legs, pain in legs following exercise, foot and leg pain at night, chronically cold feet at night while sleeping, and the lower legs may appear hairless and shiny.

If you are concerned about an existing case of diabetes, have a family history of the condition, or are interested in seeking better ways of treating your symptoms, make an appointment and consult with one of our attentive medical practitioners.

Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. We care about our youngest community members and want to support area families in good parenting, including providing proper nutrition and exercise for children. We encourage you to bring your children in for pediatric care and we have onsite X-ray services for those times when accidents happen. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111, we offer a walk-in clinic, urgent care and a lab & diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824.

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