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Why is type 2 diabetes bad?

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Type 2 diabetes is bad for many reasons. High glucose levels damage nerve and blood vessels, leading to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and gum infections. Advanced type 2 diabetes can result in blindness and the need to amputate limbs that no longer get adequate circulation.

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American Heart Association. Koppes et al, Diabetes Care, March 2005; vol 28(3): pp 719-725. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston. Schultze et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, August 25, 2004; vol 292(8): pp 927-934. National Institutes of Health National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. American Diabetes Association. American Heart Association. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on September 8, 2020

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American Heart Association. Koppes et al, Diabetes Care, March 2005; vol 28(3): pp 719-725. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston. Schultze et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, August 25, 2004; vol 292(8): pp 927-934. National Institutes of Health National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. American Diabetes Association. American Heart Association. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on September 8, 2020

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