The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online banner
1 - 7 of 7 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello

I have just been diagnosed with type 2. I was not prepared for that diagnoses nor was it something my Dr was looking for. It was found in some routine blood work. So I was totally unprepared at my office visit. Now that the dust has settled, I was wondering...


How does diabetes causes all the various complications? Obviously glucose levels play a role but what is the connection? What causes the actual damage? How does it all fit together?
 

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thanx for the reply Anthill.

Im looking for more a technical reason. I have read a bunch of articles about complications but nothing so far as why it causes complications. Does a high level of glucose cut off blood supply to some organs ... IE eyes, kidneys, nerves etc. Does a high level somehow stop nutrients from reaching their destination? I guess what Im asking is how does glucose do its harm?
 

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
It appears like red to black floating dots that's in your eye and there is one way to cure those and that's Lazar Treatment. Sorry if I have scared you. :eek:
Yeah you freaked me out...Ha Ha. Im alright now, I had to "Google It" to find out what you meant. I got a better understanding now. For a brief moment, I was wondering how I was going to explain to my co-workers, why I look like a zombie! To funny...
 

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Thanks for replying Ett.

I believe I might already have some eye damage. I experience blurred vision, floaters and flashes. I read somewhere that diabetes affects the circulatory system of the retina. Arteries in the retina become weak and leak. Blood leaks into the retina, causing spots or floaters, along with decreased vision. The outcome of this can be retinal detachment and glaucoma! Not a pretty picture.

Here's the link: Diabetic  Retinopathy

That is a lot of food Ett! I dont start my diabetes class's for 2 more weeks. Hell Im not even sure how to read a food label. But it makes me wonder how Im going to handle the holidays this year. Its going to be difficult at best with all that good food going around.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Your thread about "how many carbs" made me re-read my notes from Diabetes Class.
Here are a few tidbits:

Keeping A1c in target reduces risk of:
Heart Attack by 16%
Eye Damage by 21%
Kidney Disease by 34%

Eyes, kidneys, and liver should be checked yearly.
Kidneys and liver should be checked via urine not just blood.
That is a pretty good reduction of complications, huh? I was just reading your signature, you went from A1c=11.2 to A1c=5.2 in 6 months. I hope I can get mine that low in that amount of time.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
15 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I was fortunate to receive a blessing in disguise.
When I was diagnosed; I was employed as a Linux Administrator in a 6-month contract-to-hire position. They terminated my contract three months early as soon as they learned I became diabetic (the very next week).

--ET
That is BS. How can they get away with that? I have read some articles about that very thing. I know there is a strong support to rewrite and improve the law. The US House of Representatives approved the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. I believe it still has to go through the Senate.

Lawmakers said that people with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other disabilities had been improperly denied protection because their conditions could be controlled by medication or were in remission.

You should read this man's story: American Diabetes Association Urges Congress to Pass ADA Restoration Act, Help End Employment Discrimination Against Americans With Diabetes - Health News - redOrbit
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top