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How can diabetes cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage?

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Since the cells can't take in the glucose, it builds up in your blood. High levels of blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes, or nervous system. That's why diabetes -- especially if left untreated -- can eventually cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage to nerves in the feet.

From: Types of Diabetes Mellitus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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