What Happens With Untreated Diabetes?

untreated diabetesUntreated Type 2 Diabetes can cause big problems. Don’t kid yourself. Maybe you don’t feel anything today, but in the long run you can pay the price big time.

Many of the doctors that I work with say that if Type 2 diabetes hurt, you’d have much fewer people with it. But because it doesn’t hurt and it usually takes years before major problems start to happen, people think they can get away with not worrying about high blood sugar.

So many people decide to take themselves off of medications. Maybe you heard something on TV or you read something online. And you think you’re better off not taking drugs to control your diabetes. Well think again.

In many cases, doctors prescribe medications because many people would prefer to pop a pill instead of making lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes are necessary and in many cases it is lifestyle which is the reason for type 2 diabetes in the first place.

As for medications, they aren’t a perfect answer either. They do have side effects. And in my opinion they’re simply band-aids that don’t address the underlying problem.

So what are some of the things that can happen if you don’t treat diabetes? Well in the short term, you might only notice a few things. But over time high blood sugar is toxic. You body isn’t designed to have high levels of sugar floating around in your bloodstream.

Untreated Type 2 Diabetes Explained

For starters, if you decided you’ll just let your blood sugar build up and not worry about it, you might end up in the hospital with something called Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State (HHS). This condition usually presents with very high blood sugar, altered mental state and severe dehydration.

HHS is usually brought on initially by a serious illness such as a heart attach or stroke or an infection of some sort. This condition is nothing to play with and requires immediate attention to ensure survival.

Aside from HHS there are the chronic complications that can happen as a result of untreated diabetes wreaking havoc on the body.

Some chronic complications include:

• Coronary artery disease
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Cerebral vascular disease
• Damage to the retina of the eye
• Damage to the nerves
• Damage to the kidneys
• Cataracts
• Infections
• Gastrointestinal complications

But you’ve probably heard about some of the other problems associated with diabetes and poorly controlled or untreated. Some of these include ulcers on the feet which can lead to severe infections, gangrene and even lead to amputation.

The thing that most people don’t understand about amputations is once an infection reaches the bone there is nothing that can be done but amputate. This is the best chance that you have to save the limb and prevent the infection from spreading.

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