Why must I have controlled sugar levels in my blood?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels from diabetes can lead to organ damage in the body. This can result in blindness, loss of limbs, heart attack, and kidney failure. There are approximately 5.7 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes (the most common form) and do not know it.

This occurs when the body becomes resistant to its own insulin or is not getting enough. When sugar is not absorbed properly diabetes ensues. Symptoms include excessive thirst, hunger and urination. Patients with diabetes often experience severe fatigue, slow healing sores, yeast infections and weight loss.

Type 1 diabetes results from lack of insulin. The key for treatment of this form of diabetes is to get adequate amounts of insulin that must be injected. For type 2 diabetes weight loss and healthy eating may be enough to control blood sugar. Some patients require additional medication and some may need insulin as well.  

How closely the blood sugar needs to be controlled depends on the individual and type of diabetes. The risk of complications from low blood sugars is often greater than the risk of high blood sugars. Therefore control of blood sugar in a healthy range is essential.
Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Achieving control of blood glucose is the most important step you can take to ensure longevity, as well as regain control of your erections. With blood glucose monitoring and control, you can prevent any complications, such as:
  • eye damage (retinopathy)
  • nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • foot problems
  • heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease
  • impotence
Unofficial Guide to Impotence

More About this Book

Unofficial Guide to Impotence

The Unofficial Guide to Conquering Impotence delivers the inside scoop on impotence: the truth about Viagra, what treatments really work, and how lifestyle changes can aid in conquering...

Continue Learning about Diabetes

The Best and Worst Foods for Diabetes
The Best and Worst Foods for Diabetes
If you have diabetes, planning meals may seem at times like a walking on a tight rope. You can eat this, but not that. You can have some of this, but ...
Read More
Can smoking cause diabetes?
American Diabetes AssociationAmerican Diabetes Association
Smoking doesn’t cause diabetes, but over time, smoking damages your heart and circulatory system by ...
More Answers
4 Ways Winter Affects Your Diabetes
4 Ways Winter Affects Your Diabetes4 Ways Winter Affects Your Diabetes4 Ways Winter Affects Your Diabetes4 Ways Winter Affects Your Diabetes
Cold hands could be a bigger problem than you think.
Start Slideshow
How I Keep My Stress in Check
How I Keep My Stress in Check

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.