Diabetes can damage skin, eyes, feet, kidneys, gums and teeth, brain It can cause nerve pain -- also called neuropathy-- as well as heart disease and high blood pressure The longer you have diabetes, the more your risk goes up. That's the bad news. Here's the good. You can slow or avoid these problems. Control blood sugar levels Eat right, Exercise, Don't smoke! Treat high blood pressure or cholesterol See your doctor and dentist for checkups With a little care, you can keep your diabetes in check!