What health problems are associated with type 2 diabetes?

Many. It is associated with kidney problems (diabetic nephropathy), eye problems (diabetic retinopathy), nerve problems (diabetic neuropathy), vascular disease (includes heart attacks, strokes, circulation problems) and stomach/intestine problems (gastroparesis). It is also associated with slow wound healing, and with altered glucose (sugar) levels, an extreme example of which is diabetc ketoacidosis.
See below. Type 2 diabetes is typically a chronic disease associated with a ten-year-shorter life expectancy.[4] this is partly due to a number of complications with which it is associated, including: two to four times the risk of cardiovascular disease, including ischemic heart disease and stroke; a 20-fold increase in lower limb amputations, and increased rates of hospitalizations.

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Can you tell me how type 2 diabetes affect other health related surgeries?

High sugars. increase risk of infection and, overall, increase adverse outcomes of all surgeries so avoid 'pure elective' procedures- cosmetic and have close monitoring and control of sugars if need surgery. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes recently, iam 19 years old a bit scared now Haw can I improve my health? What are the care to be taken??

Hard to say. Type 2 generally applies to people whose weight/body mass is to large for the insulin production capacity of their body. There are certainly other factors but this is the big one. Adapting to a low carbohydrate diet and losing some weight can in some eliminate the need for medications as your moment to moment insulin need declines. Discuss this with your doc to see if other measures are needed. Read more...

My mother has type 2 diabetes. Should I be concerned for my own health?

Yes. Everyone should be concerned for their health and I am glad you asked. Stay trim and fit and You can probably keep any genetic tendency at bay. Read more...

How can having type 2 diabetes affect ones physical, social and emotional health?

If education, Treatment, control and prevention are done properly, there should be no adverse effects. Check with your diabetes care team and also diabetes.Org for more information. Read more...
DM & mental health. People with diabetes have higher risk for many other conditions, including depression. Having any chronic illness is also a life stress. The good news is that there are effective treatments, and your own lifestyle modifications through diet and exercise can have a strongly positive effect. Read more...

My kidneys have been constantly burning for a few days now. & I also think I have type 2 diabetes because I'm constantly urinating & have thirst. I don't have health insurance & my symptoms might be getting worse. What are my best options for treatment.?

See doctor. The symptoms you describe could signal serious disease. Your county health department and/or medical society may be able to help you. Please call without delay. Read more...
Urinalysis. Not sure what to make of the burning sensation in the kidneys but frequent urination and thirst suggest diabetes. Since you are in a bind with insurance a simple urinalysis could provide the presumptive diagnosis or suggest further examinations. Read more...

What are some vision problems with type 2 diabetes?

Retinopathy, sugar. The major reason for vision loss with type ii diabetes is retinopathy from poorly control disease. You should aim to keep your hba1c as low as possible; at least under 7.0 and lower if you can get it since that relates strongly to the development of retinal changes. Wildly uncontrolled sugar can also lead to focusing instability. Diabetics are more susceptible to infections as well. Read more...