The long term repercussions of unmanaged diabetes can be crippling. It is extremely important for people to know that if left untreated, diabetes can lead to chronic and agonizing complications such as:
- Cardiovascular: Heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke
- Eye: Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma
- Nerve damage: Diabetic neuropathy
- Kidney damage: Nephropathy
It is common for most people with diabetes to begin to develop diabetes complications after having diabetes for a number of years. Chronic complications are responsible for most illness and death associated with diabetes. Since patients with Type 2 diabetes may have elevated blood sugars for several years before being diagnosed, these patients may have signs of complications at the time of diagnosis.
With good diabetes control and living a healthy, active lifestyle, it is possible for people to go a number of decades complication free.
However, if you have had less well controlled diabetes, have led a less healthy lifestyle, or had undiagnosed diabetes for a number of years, the diabetes complications are more likely to develop earlier.
Around 47.3% of India’s 70 million diabetics are undiagnosed and do not know they have high blood glucose levels. Diabetes emerged as India’s seventh biggest cause of early death in 2016, up from 11th in 2005, shows data from Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation.
Managing your diabetes well will always be the 2nd most important step in the process. The first one will always be timely Diagnosis.
You or anybody in your family could be diabetic.
Diagnosis or Delay. You Decide!