The Effects of Diabetes

Being the diabetes capital of the world, with 61 million diabetics between the ages of 20 and 79 [1], many of us reading this are likely diabetic, related to, friends with or acquainted with someone diabetic.

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Over time, given how normal most diabetics look in every physical aspect of their beings, it is easy to forget about just how badly this disease affects the body. Here’s a reminder of what diabetes does to our bodies. While it may appear to be the worst case scenario, which many of us are likely to tell ourselves, while continuing with our diabetes-unfriendly lifestyles, please remember, that most of our lifestyles are leading exactly there – the worst case scenario – through a combination of ignorance, denial and self-gratification. So, if you intend to dismiss the next few lines as scaremongering, don’t.

Poorly managed blood sugar puts diabetics at increased risk of medical issues, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Erectile dysfunction (men) [2]
  • Foot amputation [3]
  • Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia [4]
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [5]
  • Tooth decay, early gum disease, advanced gum disease [6]
  • Depression [7]
  • Charcot joint (neuropathic arthropathy), Diabetic hand syndrome  (diabetic cheiroarthropathy), Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH / Forestier disease), Dupuytren’s contracture, Frozen shoulder [8]
  • Heart attacks, clot related strokes, peripheral artery disease [9]
  • Fetal macrosomia (women) [10]
  • Diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease) [11]
  • Diabetic retinopathy (eyes) [12]

As you can see, diabetes can effect our bones, your mind, brain, eyes, heart, teeth, feet, hands, fingers, sexual organs, unborn child, kidneys and liver among other areas of our bodies. We need to take action now, by improving our lifestyles, changing our dietary patterns and those of us with diabetes can go on to live long and healthy lives.


  1. India is World’s diabetes capital with 61mn Diabetic: IDF
  2. Erectile dysfunction and diabetes: Take control today
  3. Amputation and diabetes: How to protect your feet
  4. Diabetes and Alzheimer’s linked
  5. Diabetes: How do I help protect my liver?
  6. Diabetes and dental care: Guide to a healthy mouth
  7. Diabetes and depression: Coping with the two conditions
  8. Bone and joint problems associated with diabetes
  9. Diabetes management: Does aspirin therapy prevent heart problems?
  10. Fetal macrosomia
  11. Diabetic nephropathy
  12. Diabetic retinopathy

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