What are the complications of high blood sugar levels?
Excess sugar in the blood causes many health-related problems. The cells cannot get enough of the sugar they need, and when sugar levels in the blood become too high, it causes damage to nerves and blood vessels, usually in the heart, feet, hands, kidneys and eyes. Other complications of high sugar and insulin resistance include:
Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
Neuropathy (nerve damage, especially in extremities)
Nephropathy (renal impairment, kidney failure)
Retinopathy (vision problems, blindness)
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and increased risk of stroke)
Erectile dysfunction in men and decreased sexual desire in both men and women
You don’t have to look far to get the message that weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are important. Turn on the television or pick up a glossy magazine and you’ll be bombarded with the message that a lean body is beautiful.
That’s one superficial reason to set a weight-loss goal. But there are also many more meaningful reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight, if you’re not there already. You’ll feel better and have more energy. You’ll also lower your chances of having high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes !
Modest weight loss can significantly improve quality of life for middle-aged and older adults with type 2 diabetes, yielding benefits such as greater ease in performing daily tasks, reduced pain, greater mobility and a better state of mind.