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Diabetes complications

People living with diabetes may have to deal with short-term or long-term complications as a result of their condition.


  • Short-term complications include hypoglycaemia (hypos), diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state (HHS).
  • Long-term complications include how diabetes affects your eyes (retinopathy), heart (cardiovascular disease), kidneys (nephropathy), and nerves and feet (neuropathy).

Impact on overall health

Long- and short-term complications can impact on a wide variety of parts of the body including eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and feet. Read through the links and get to know the15 healthcare essentialsto find out more about complications, and how to reduce the risk of developing them. With all complications, keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fat levels under control will greatly help to reduce the risk of developing complications. Regular check-ups are essential to help manage the condition.

  • Hypos

  • Hypers

  • Feet

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Eyes (retinopathy)

  • Nerves (neuropathy)

  • Kidneys (nephropathy)

  • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycaemic State (HHS)

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)

  • Related conditions

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