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A 23-year-old female asked about a 43-year-old female:

What happens if diabetes is left untreated? how many years of not treating it will bad things happen?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Diabetes: Out of control sugars can lead to coma, death, amputation of extremities, kidney disease and failure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, severely swollen lower extremities and thus damage to the structure of the legs. It can lead to chronic dehydration which can lead to brain damage, headaches, skin diseases. I think it is obvious that not treating diabetes is an insane proposition.
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Complications : Complication of this condition as follows 1 kdney failure leading to dialysis 2 cadiovascular disease and stroke 3peripheral vascular disease and amputations 4eyes retinitis leading to blindness 5 acute diabetic ketoacidosis requiring hospitalisations 6nerve damage, neuropathy 7susceptibility to infe how long it takes depends on severity and other risk factors like highpertension, smoking, high cho.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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