The two categories of Diabetes Complications

You must understand that there are two main categories of complications considering the time they are settled in diabetics.

NORMAL or DANGEROUS    Type Your Blood sugar Level:    mg/dl

First, if they are settled earlier or during the treatment of diabetes, you can prevent them by optimizing you blood sugar level. They are also called short-term complications i.e. those which are settled very quickly due to very high or extremely low blood sugar levels.

- So, if in type 1 diabetics, the level of insulin is very low, and blood sugar levels very high; one should seek for a condition called “Ketoacidosis”.

“Ketoacidosis” is a condition when the levels of ketones in blood are very high.

Ketones are some other substances that your body produce from fat cells when it cannot use blood sugar properly during diabetes. Ketones serves as fuel for brain in conditions when they cannot use sugar.

So, if the levels of blood ketones are very high, you may feel very ill, or even it can lead you to coma and death. In this way, if you have type 1 diabetes, you must check your urine ketones levels. And if you find them higher than usual, you must consult your physician.

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- On the other hand, type 2 diabetics are more prone to a condition called HHNS ( Hyperglycaemic Hyperosmotic Non Ketonic Syndrome). When you have type 2 diabetes, persistent high blood sugar levels might lead to losing too many liquids. This is the situation when happens HHNS.

When this happens, your blood sugar level is more than 300 mg/dl, or even 600mg/dl, and this might lead to coma or even death. So, you must watch your body blood sugar levels, and if you notice a level more than 300mg/dl, you must contact your physician for further help.

For your visible aspect, diabetes and hair loss complication sometimes can be very problematic. If you notice any hair problems in the early stage of diabetes together with other symptoms and/or signs, you should seek immediately for medical help.

You must recognize all these complications, not to frighten yourself, but to educate yourself on what’s going on in your body, if you don’t take enough care of it if you are diabetic.

You can take control of glucose level and can properly lower it in order for you to prevent these severe complications.

Secondly, if they are already settled, you can prevent them from causing further severe damage to your body by taking appropriate care. This category includes long-term complications, i.e. those complications that happen, when diabetes is settled for many years, and has damaged your body.

During these years, due to persistent high blood sugar levels, your blood vessels and other tissues are damaged, and become more sensitive to further damages.

Since the blood vessels go around all the body organs and systems, there are several subcategories of long-term diabetes complications.

So, there can be: - Diabetes feet symptoms and problems, that involves feet. If you are diabetic, more than 20 years diagnosed, you should care about your feet hygiene.


Because due to persistent high blood sugar levels, several damages might be done to feet blood vessels, feet nerves. All together can make you feet unable to feel pain. So, if you cut and wound your diabetic feet, you cannot feel pain, and cannot notice these wounds, which turn into unhealible ulcer.

Even, if your foot gets infected, this cannot be heal easily, and causes further damages to your feet blood vessels, leading to ulcer and gangrene. Gangrene is very, very dangerous, because it leads to feet or entire leg amputation.

Taking properly care about you feet, you will not have these diabetes and feet symptoms and problems.

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