Long-term risks associated with diabetes

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There are long-term risks associated with diabetes. Silent damage from high blood glucose levels can cause complications over time.

The most common risk occurs in over 65 percent of people with diabetes are

Cardiovascular disease 

  • Heart attack 
  • Stroke

Other common risks are

  • Blindness 
  • Kidney failure 
  • Amputation 
  • Nerve damage

ABCs of risk prevention

  • A1C
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Smoking

Keeping your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol in the recommended ranges and staying away from smoking and second-hand smoke will prevent, delay or greatly reduce your risk for developing long-term complications.


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