Steps to keep diabetic complications at bay

accreditation
Diabetes
Diabetes

People with diabetes are at risk for vascular complications due to high blood sugar levels, but can take measures to reduce that risk, an expert says.

Vascular complications

"Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for any form of vascular disease, both symptomatic and asymptomatic," Dr Gregory Moneta, chief of vascular surgery at Oregon Health and Science University's Cardiovascular Institute, said in a Society for Vascular Surgery news release.

"Those with diabetes should have regular doctor visits and tests, and may need to see specialists such as ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons and podiatrists for checkups," he added.

Read: Devices help control diabetes

Vascular complications caused by diabetes include diabetic eye disease, peripheral artery disease (impaired circulation in the legs), peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and foot ulcers, heart attack and kidney failure.

Steps to prevent these complications includes: regular eye exams; exercise; proper footwear and frequent foot checks; maintaining healthy weight and blood sugar and cholesterol levels, quitting smoking, regular checkups, and seeing a doctor when experiencing problems such as leg pain, chest pain.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Read more:

Book release: Managing diabetes and health-related challenges

Breakthrough: how type 2 diabetes can be reversed

Diabetes 'survivors' give clues

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Authorities should bring in the army already
8% - 420 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
58% - 2965 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
31% - 1568 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
3% - 148 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.59
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
20.03
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
16.95
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.55
+0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.2%
Gold
1,794.65
+0.3%
Silver
20.54
-0.7%
Palladium
2,228.01
-0.7%
Platinum
937.61
-0.8%
Brent Crude
96.65
+1.8%
Top 40
63,771
0.0%
All Share
70,266
0.0%
Resource 10
65,045
0.0%
Industrial 25
85,829
0.0%
Financial 15
15,741
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE