How does diabetes impact lifestyle?

There is no doubt that diabetes has an impact on the lifestyle of the patient. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Diabetes is associated with long-term complications. Uncontrolled disease can lead to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, amputations, and nerve damage. Diabetes can lead to the loss of the right to drive, complicate pregnancy, and cause birth defects.

Diabetes impacts not only the lives of the people who have the disease but also the lives of the people around them. Family members must learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes. They need diabetes information and education so that they can assist the diabetic family member.

Because diabetes is a degenerative, chronic disease, it can slowly rob the patient of his health and his income. Practicing tight control can help minimize the impact on lifestyle, but patients must commit to self care. Diabetic patients can't eat what they want, whenever they want it. They can never over eat, or eat a lot of anything. If they are a type 1 diabetic, they must always keep a supply of insulin on hand.

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