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: Herbs and home therapies can cure diabetes

Reality: This myth is false. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. You can only manage the disease through a healthy lifestyle and medical treatment.

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