One in every three people born today will develop diabetes during their lifetime. In Illinois, 500,000 people are diagnosed every year. Although it is a lifelong, incurable disease, careful management can slow its progression.
Learning more about diabetes and following your care plan can greatly reduce your chance of developing complications. Complications can include:
Eye problems that can lead to blindness
Nerve damage, which can lead to infections and/or amputations
Kidney damage, which can lead to kidney failure and dialysis
High blood pressure, which can contribute to heart attack and strokes
Stroke and heart disease (two out of three people with diabetes may die of heart disease or stroke)
Skin complications and increased risk of infections
Ketoacidosis, which are high levels of ketones that can poison the body
Pregnancy issues (increased monitoring is necessary to prevent complications
Proudly recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 2003!