Ignoring Treatment

Diabetes is a serious and devastating disease that can affect the whole body if not managed properly. Complications caused by diabetes start on a micro level (small scale) and can progress to a macro level (large scale).

Ignoring Treatment

Diabetes is a serious and devastating disease that can affect the whole body if not managed properly. Complications caused by diabetes start on a micro level (small scale) and can progress to a macro level (large scale). It is vitally important not to ignore treatment.

 

Micro level complications

  • Over a period of many years tiny blood vessels and cells throughout the body become damaged due to poor glycaemic control.
     

Macro level complications

  • Many of the damaged cells are part of vital organs in the body and will in time lead to macro complications.
  • Macro complications include:

              - Eye problems

              - Kidney disease

              - Liver disease

              - Stroke and heart attack due to blood vessel damage or atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

              - Skin infections leading to gangrene of the toes and feet.

 


 
References:
  1. Rizwana Kousar 2010. What is Diabetes? Community Education Series, Melbourne. © Australian Community Centre for Diabetes (ACCD). 
  2. Arthur C. Guyton and John E. Hall 2006. Text Book of Medical Physiology, 11th Edition.

Did you know?

Myth: Diabetes is contagious

Reality: This myth is false. To date no one knows the exact cause of diabetes, but it has been proven that it is not contagious. Family history, diet and lifestyle are the major contributing factors of this disease.

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