Controlling diabetes – and keeping your organs safe from the damage it can cause – takes a strong dose of diabetes education. That, and following through on what you learn!
Diabetes, whether Type 1, Type 2, or Type 1.5 (also called LADA: Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), can eventually affect every organ and organ system in your body. It is well known for targeting the eyes, feet (circulation), and kidneys. People with uncontrolled diabetes can lose their vision completely. They can lose their toes, feet, or legs from poor circulation. They can develop full blown kidney failure leading to the need for dialysis or kidney transplant.
Also well known are its effects upon nerves and blood vessels. Herein lies the universality of diabetes’ damage: there are no organs, no areas of the body which aren’t served by nerves and blood vessels. (more…)