Complication of diabetes
Symptoms of consequences
|Small blood vessel (microvascular)
Eyes: Damage to the retina, the part of the eye that captures images
Kidneys: Impaired functioning of the kidneys, and, in severe cases, kidney failure
Nerves: Decreased sensation, especially common in the feet and hands; weakness; abnormal functioning of some organ systems
|Large blood vessel (macrovascular) disease|
Heart disease: Problems with the circulatory system that weaken the heart
Strokes: Blood supply to the brain is cut off, usually caused by a blood clot in an artery.
Peripheral arterial disease: Blood has trouble reaching the extremities, such as the hands and feet.
|Impaired immune system functioning|
Frequent infections, sometimes with unusual types of bacteria and fungus
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism|
|Last Revised||July 1, 2011|