I was diagnosed diabetic when I was hospitalised for something different. I did have symptoms like thirst, tiredness, frequent urination, etc but was finding my own reasons for all these things. I had relocated to a new country, new job, different food and so on. It is very usual that we try to convince ourselves in such situations, but the blood tests confirmed that I was diabetic.
Now coming to the side effects of uncontrolled diabetes, I would broadly categorise it into two parts
Short Term Effects
Basically short term side effects could be also called as symptoms of diabetes which mostly would be quickly reversed by proper medical attention.
- Frequent urination
- Weight Loss
- Weight Gain
- Tingling or pain in the hands, feet, etc
- Blurred Vision
- Sweet smelling breath
- Loss of consciousness
- Fatigue- Lack of energy
Long Term Effects
- Blood Pressure
- Risk of Stroke
- Risk of Heart Disease
- Cataracts and Glaucoma
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Kidney Damage
- Dry cracked skin
How to protect from the side effects of uncontrolled diabetes?
To be Diabetic is not the end of the world and you need to convince yourself. All it matters is how disciplined you can be to follow the below points.
We have to broadly look into two major factors
- Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels
- Regular followups with Physician / Diabetologist
- Regular diagnostic checks for all vital organs under the guidance of your doctor
- Follow the medications / Advices of the doctor
- Diet as per your dietician / doctor
- Regular exercise / physical activities
- Proper sleep
- Working towards a stress free life
There are many living examples of diabetic people living for years without any complications. Diabetes is not really a disease, but a condition which can be managed without any serious complications with consistent care.