Diabetic Complication Causes
Diabetes changes the way your cells function. Excess glucose binds to, and alters, proteins in a process called glycation, which interferes with normal cellular function. Glucose is also converted into sorbitol, another form of sugar that accumulates in and damages cells.
Excess blood sugar makes the blood thick and sticky, causing impaired circulation. Tissues that don’t get enough blood become starved of oxygen and nutrients, leading to irreversible damage.
Diabetes is a nutritionally wasting disease. High blood sugar levels cause dramatic increases in urination as the kidneys attempt to get rid of excess glucose. But along with excess glucose, massive amounts of water-soluble vitamins and minerals also are lost.
The combination of these processes puts people with diabetes at a dramatically increased risk of problems with the blood vessels, nerves, eyes, kidneys and extremities.
Common Diabetic Complications
The following health conditions are the most common and serious diabetic complications. I believe that diabetic complications can and should be treated individually using natural measures, in addition to treating the diabetes itself.
- Diabetic neuropathy and foot problems
- Diabetic retinopathy and other eye problems
- Heart disease and stroke
- Kidney disease
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Periodontal disease
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