Category Archives for "Secondary Complications"

Diabetic Retinopathy Stages

Diabetic Retinopathy Stages

Diabetic 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 leads to blindness. Diabetic retinopathy […]

Diabetes and Your Hands

diabetes and hands

While 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 Diabetes can cause stiffness of […]

Peripheral Neuropathy Explained

Nerve 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 by the time they harbor […]

Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic 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) and acidic changes in the […]


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