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Can people with diabetes prevent the complications of this disease?

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Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect the heart, circulation, eyes, feet, kidneys, nervous system, teeth, and gums. Diabetes affects so many organs and systems, because blood travels throughout the whole body. When blood glucose becomes too high, it can damage the blood vessels of the body and lead to cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, amputations, kidney disease, neuropathy, and impotence. The risk of these complications can be greatly reduced by keeping blood glucose levels within the target range. For this reason, it is important to check blood glucose levels every day, and share these values with a health care provider.

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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.