Uncontrolled diabetes is the numer one cause of kidney failure in the United States, responsible for over 30% of the patients with the disease. The majority of kidney transplant recipients have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
The first symptom of kidney disease is often fluid buildup. Other symptoms of kidney disease include loss of sleep, poor appetite, upset stomach, weakness, and difficulty concentrating.
People who have diabetes are more likely to get heart disease. When you have diabetes, your blood sugar level is often much higher than it should be.
Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage to many parts of the body, including blood vessels. Some lifestyle habits may also raise the risk of heart disease.
The primary part of the eye affected by diabetes mellitus is the retina.
The retina can be thought of as the film in a camera. If the film in a camera is faulty, the resulting picture will be blurry. In a similar manner, if the retina of the eye is swollen, wrinkled, or otherwise structurally damaged, the vision in that eye will be blurry.
It's important to understand the connection between diabetes and foot care. As a person with diabetes, you are more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems.
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- Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
- Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
- Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
- Prediabetes: 79 million people*
- New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.