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Having high blood glucose levels over a long period of time can eventually cause damage to the small blood vessels and nerves throughout the body. When this damage occurs, it causes other serious conditions that can be difficult or impossible to treat. That’s why it becomes so important for people diagnosed with diabetes to control their blood glucose levels.
Some major complications that can result from poorly managed diabetes include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nerve damage
- Foot damage
- Problems with sexual function
- Kidney damage
- Eye damage
- Urological problems, and
- Dental problems
Other potential complications related to diabetes are skin conditions, stomach problems such as gastroparesis, and susceptibility to viral illnesses such as the common cold and influenza.