Is diabetes serious?

Millions of Americans are killing themselves with type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset diabetes), and it's threatening the physical and financial health of the entire world. "Diabetes, along with obesity, is looming as the biggest epidemic in human history," one researcher told Jeff O'Connell, author of Sugar Nation. At current rates, one of every three people born in the United States will become diabetic.

Diabetes can cause life-threatening metabolic complications and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Some of the most serious complications are blindness (because of damage to the retina), chronic damage to peripheral nerves, and kidney failure. Diabetes also contributes greatly to other causes of death, such as coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (disease of the brain and its blood vessels).

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Complications from diabetes are devastating, often permanent, side effects of out-of-control diabetes that can kill you. I’m not smart enough to come up with a chilling enough word to replace complications, but we definitely need something better. If you develop complications, your life will be more than complicated. It will be awful.

Here’s the deal, straight talk, no feel-good bullshit: high levels of blood sugar can and will destroy every part of your body.

Diabetes can cause serious complications if left untreated. If you have been diagnosed with any type of diabetes, it means that your blood glucose levels are too high, and you need a treatment plan to keep these levels within as normal range as possible. Elevated blood glucose levels, especially if sustained over a long period of time, can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, nerve damage, blindness, foot amputation, and other serious complications. By following a proper treatment plan, however, you can maintain a healthy, active life and avoid or lessen these types of serious complications.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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