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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Diabetes Goes Untreated

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

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

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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Are there ways to live with untreated diabetes?

Are there ways to live with untreated diabetes?

Possible, not good: Mild cases of diabetes can be asymptomatic, but that does not mean that damage is not occurring. I saw a woman for a routine eye exam with no history of medical problems or symptoms and found widespread diabetic retinopathy affecting both eyes. She then said she had gestational diabetes while pregnant 10 years prior. She probably had full blown diabetes, with no symptoms, the whole time!

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Do you continue to lose weight if diabetes left untreated?

Do you continue to lose weight if diabetes left untreated?

Yes, but not healthy: Type 1 diabetes mellitus or severely uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus will result in weight loss of a very unhealthy kind! The weight loss is the result of not being able to properly utilize energy energy & breaks down protein (muscle) for energy as well as fat, in a way that produces ketones which can cause something called ketoacidosis, which can cause coma & death.

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What are some advanced symptoms of untreated diabetes complications?

What are some advanced symptoms of untreated diabetes complications?

Several: Common complications of diabetes include changes in sensation in your feet and legs which can lead to pain, blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and poor wound healing possibly leading to infection and amputation.

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Is there a reason it matters if you have untreated type 1 diabetes?

Is there a reason it matters if you have untreated type 1 diabetes?

Death for sure: Within as little as a few days, patients with known and untreated type 1 diabetes will die from complications related to diabetic ketoacidosis.

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What's your opinion on untreated diabetes and hypothyroidism for 10 years could do to you?

What's your opinion on untreated diabetes and hypothyroidism for 10 years could do to you?

BIG BIG RISK: Wt gain, low bmr, myxomatous madness, fat develop arroun heart, hair loss. High sugar eats up every organ, blindness, kiney failure, poor healing, skin infection, stress fracture of bone. Donot do that.

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What complication should I be expecting with uncontrolled diabetes and untreated sickle cell dieses, which i''ve had for a little over 26 years.?

What complication should I be expecting with uncontrolled diabetes and untreated sickle cell dieses, which i''ve had for a little over 26 years.?

In both cases: There is significant risk for kidney disease and even chronic renal failure. That would be a huge incentive to get on a proper treatment plan.

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Is there a connection between untreated type 2 diabetes and depression?

Yes: Any chronic disease which makes you feel bad physically can influence your mood, and once you are depressed it is very difficult to get motivated to make the lifestyle changes necessary to effectively treat a disease like type 2 diabetes. So being depressed can make diabetes worse and having diabetes can trigger depression. I would recommend aggressively treating both if both are present.

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Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Very Poor.: Small Cell Lung Cancer is very hard to treat successfully. Spreads very early in its course. If one is lucky enough to be diagnosis before spread cure is possible.

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What can happen if diabetes goes undiagonsed?

What can happen if diabetes goes undiagonsed?

Could be dangerous: If type 1 diabetes is not diagnosed severe dehydration and acid build up can occur that could lead to death. Type 2 diabetes does not lead to such severe dehydration if untreated, but will cause frequent urination, infections, blurred vision and tiredness. Long-term untreated diabetes can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, blindness, nerve pain, numbness, weakness, foot ulcers and amputation.

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How common is diabetes in the U.S.?

How common is diabetes in the U.S.?

Diabetes in the USA: Regrettably increasing almost daily. There are many reasons, not the least of which is underlying obesity, lack of work options, good foods too expensive, limited exercise, . The problem keeps growing. I am curious to learn why you are asking that question.

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What happens if you don't treat diabetes?

What happens if you don't treat diabetes?

Complicatons: glaucoma, cataracts, nerve condition called peripheral neuropathy, digestion problems called gastroparesis (paralysis of the gut), heart attack, premature heart disease and stroke. There are ulcer skin conditions such as poorly healing ulcers, kidney disease, and poor circulation to the feet causing numbness. Hypertension and ketoacidosis also occur in diabetics with poor control

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How many children in the U.S. have diabetes?

In2014 208000under20: According to 2014 report there are 208000 American under the age of 20 who suffer from Diabetes

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What happens with my body when I have diabetes?

What happens with my body when I have diabetes?

A little or a lot!: Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of glucose regulation. Glucose levels are too high. If this continues over long periods of time, the high glucose levels cause damage to your body (eyes, kidneys, nerves) and can increase the risk of atherosclerosis (heart attacks, strokes). If your diabetes remains well controlled (glucose levels near normal), you have much less risk of damage to your body.

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How many die from diabetes in the U.S. each year?

How many die from diabetes in the U.S. each year?

234, 051: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69, 071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234, 051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death. According to the American Diabetes association

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How common is diabetes in the u.S. Teen population now?

How common is diabetes in the u.S. Teen population now?

More and more common: There is a huge increase in type 2 diabetes because of increasing obesity across the population especially in children.

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What might I do to go about getting tested for diabetes?

What might I do to go about getting tested for diabetes?

Easy: Ask you doctor, go to a free clinic or diabetes education class, or even have a friend or nurse with a glucose meter check yours for you. Discuss the results w/your doctor.

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Could you tell me what happens if diabetes is undiagnosed?

Could you tell me what happens if diabetes is undiagnosed?

Could be dangerous: If type 1 diabetes is not diagnosed severe dehydration and acid build up occurs that could lead to death. Type 2 diabetes does not lead to such severe dehydration if untreated, but will cause frequent urination, infections, blurred vision and tiredness. Long-term untreated diabetes can cause kidney failure, heart attacks, blindness, nerve pain, numbness, weakness, foot ulcers and amputation.

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I'm having ED problems and I have diabetes, is that a factor?

I'm having ED problems and I have diabetes, is that a factor?

DM/ED/MI: The presence of ED, especially with diabetes, is associated with an increased risk of an MI. Talk to your doctor about this.

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