Welcome back, Parky. You are the one in charge of what happens to you. If you get control and maintain low blood sugars, you could go your whole life without complications. If you ignore your diabetes, neglect to make the dietary changes and allow your levels to remain high, you can count on complications in a fairly short time. It could be your vision going blurry, or your feet getting numb, it could be your kidneys failing to function properly. There can be cardiac problems, and many other health issues. What it takes to avoid them is getting your sugars in control and KEEP them in control.
thank yuo all for the information and good advice will try my bestParky: I had some minor complications after 5 years and my blood sugar readings were pretty good. I was only testing 3 times a week at the direction of my doctor and I was missing some of the higher readings. At year 9, I started having some more minor complications. The key in my opinion is to test every day and keep your blood sugar readings under control. I think every human being is different and it is really hard to nail down a particular year to say when you may have complications. There is much research that says that some complications can be reversed, but in my case, my complications have continued despite bringing my blood sugar back under control. I went several years without treating and testing and this could have very well been enough to keep the complications in place and ongoing.
I have found that complications, for me, have come even though my numbers were once very tight and under control. Up until 5 years ago [10 years past my diagnosis] I had no problems, other than rapid progression neuropathy. Some of the neuropathy is caused from my low back injury in 1986, subsequent surgery [fusion of L-2 through S-1] and Spinal Stenosis.