Don't Let Diabetes Complicate Your Life

Dramatically slash your risk for heart disease, vision problems, nerve pain and more (10 Photos)

Kalia Doner on Jun 3, 2011 at 5:46PM

chime in now
  • 1 of 10

Don't Let Diabetes Complicate Your Life

Lauri Rotko/Gorilla Creative Images/Getty Images

Next Up: Summer Skin Care Tips for Body Acne, Chafing and More
starts in 3 seconds
    Loading slides...

You Can Lower Your Risk

Diabetes can be explained simply: It occurs when your body can no longer control blood sugar levels. But the impact of diabetes, well, that can be more complicated. Elevated blood sugar can cause damage to large (macro) and small (micro) blood vessels and trigger widespread problems throughout many systems and organs in the body. The good news is that diabetes-related complications are not inevitable. Keeping blood sugar at near-normal levels can prevent and control them effectively. In fact, reducing your A1C (a measure of your average blood sugar level over a three- or four-month period) from 8 percent to 7 percent can slash your risk of some complications by as much as 70 percent. Here’s a look at the most common diabetes complications and what you can do to avoid them.

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web