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    What are the long-term effects of diabetes?

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  • Lisa Renn

    Dietitian

    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    Hi there,
    The long term effects of poorly controlled diabetes make quite a scary list:
    # heart disease
    #blindness
    #kidney disease
    #poor wound healing and loss of circulation can lead to amputations (particularly lower limbs)
    #impotence…to name a few.

    The good news is that if you have the right health care team around you and you are prepared to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle (exercise, smoking) then diabetes can be well managed and the risk of long term complications diminishes significantly.

    Your health care team might include: GP, endocrinologist (diabetes specialist),Dietitian, Diabetes Educator, Podiatrist, possibly an Exercise Physiologist and Psychologist. Your GP is a good place to start when putting your team together.

    Good Luck.

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