Learn more about preventing complications
If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can lead to a variety of complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, problems with erection (impotence), and amputation.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that appears to be more common in people with type 1 diabetes than in the general population.
Many people living with diabetes have some form of eye damage or "diabetic retinopathy". Diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision changes or blindness.
Heart disease & stroke
Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes may develop heart disease 15 years earlier than those without diabetes.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) along with diabetes puts added stress on your body. This can cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes.
Kidney disease—known as nephropathy—is common in people with diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease in Canada.
Mental health issues
Mental health disorders can affect your ability to cope with and care for your diabetes. It is just as important to look after your mental health as it is your physical health.
Nerve damage & amputation
Nerve damage or diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the long-term complication of diabetes.
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