Preventing complications

Diabetes is a complex condition in that it can affect many parts of your body as well as your mind. The potential complications of diabetes are the same for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  • Heart attacks and strokes are up to four times more likely in people with diabetes
  • Diabetic retinopathy and potential vision loss affects one in six people with diabetes
  • Kidney damage is three times more common in people with diabetes
  • Amputations are 15 times more common in people with diabetes
  • Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes
  • Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications

Knowledge of how to look after yourself to minimise or even prevent complications is an important first step.

The information in this section is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice or used to alter medical therapy. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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  • Bladder and kidneys
  • Blood pressure
  • Coeliac disease
  • Depression and mental health
  • Eye health
  • Foot care
  • Healthy skin
  • Heart disease
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Sexual health