Category Archives for "Secondary Complications"

Insulin Shock Therapy

Insulin Shock Therapy

Last updated on July 15th, 2016Insulin shock is also referred to as “severe hypoglycemia” or “diabetic shock”.  It is one of the most serious complications of diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes.  It is the result of injecting too much insulin so that the blood sugars drop to dangerous levels.  It can also be due to […]

Diabetic Retinopathy Stages

Diabetic Retinopathy Stages

Last updated on August 17th, 2016Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  It starts with damage to the blood vessels in the retina of the eye (which is the “seeing” part of the eye) and ends with neovascularization, which is the formation of extra capillaries (small blood vessels) that […]

Diabetes and Your Hands

diabetes and hands

Last updated on July 19th, 2016While it’s common knowledge that diabetes involves an elevation of a person’s blood sugar, it is not well known why diabetes can cause stiffness of the hands, shoulders, and other joints and how exactly it plays a role in diseases like trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture. Diabetes Stiff Hand Syndrome […]

Peripheral Neuropathy Explained

Last updated on July 19th, 2016Nerve damage is the most common complication of diabetes. It affects all types of nerves, the ones responsible for sensory perception, motor function and autonomic processes. The prevalence of which is relatively high, 7% suffer within a year of being diagnosed with diabetes and half of diabetics suffer from it […]

Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Last updated on August 17th, 2016Diabetic ketoacidosis, or simply DKA, is one of the complications of diabetes mellitus. It occurs suddenly, is severe and can be life-threatening if neglected. The diabetic ketoacidosis is a complex metabolic state comprising of increased blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia), increased production and presence of ketone acids in the blood (ketonemia) […]


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