Diabetes complications from head to toe

Diabetes Complications from Head to Toe

Move your mouse over the picture and click to learn more about diabetes complications in each area of the body.

Diabetes Complications Diagram
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    Brain Diagram

    Brain (stroke)

    People with diabetes can reduce their risk of stroke by quitting smoking.

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    Eyes Diagram

    Eyes

    Diabetic retinopathy (damage to the small blood vessels in the eye caused by diabetes) is the most common cause of blindness among North Americans of working age. Ask your doctor about prevention and annual screening.

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    Heart Diagram

    Heart (coronary artery disease)

    Keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in control using diet, exercise and, medications if needed, can help to prevent heart disease in people with diabetes.

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    nerves in legs/hands Diagram

    Nerves in legs/hands

    Nerve damage can occur in the legs and hands of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Talk to your health care professional about prevention and treatment.

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    Kidneys Diagram

    Kidneys

    Medications called "ACE Inhibitors" and "ARBs" can prevent nephropathy (kidney damage) from getting worse in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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    Feet Diagram

    Feet (foot ulcers)

    Being properly fitted for shoes is the best place to start. Or talk to your doctor about custom-made insoles. Avoid over-the-counter insoles - they can cause foot damage if they do not fit your feet properly.

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