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Type I Diabetes
Type II Diabetes
Prevention and Control

Macrovascular (affecting large arteries)

  • Heart Disease and Stroke - Large arteries that feed blood to the heart and brain may be clogged or ruptured as high blood pressure and damage to arteries is caused over time due to diabetes. This leads to strokes and heart attacks.
  • Nephropathy- Kidney damage caused by diabetes when blood sugar levels are persistently high. Diabetic Nephropathy is the most common cause of kidney disease in the United States.

Microvascular (affecting small arteries)

  • Retinopathy- Eye damage caused to small blood vessels that lead to the retina and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new vision loss in people 20-74 in the United States.

Neuropathy - Sexual dysfunction caused by nerve damage to the penis. In women, nerve damage to the cells that line the vagina can result in dryness, which in turn may lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse.

Hypoglycemia - Glucose level is blood drops below what the body needs to function normally


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