diabetes, not for my worst enemy

If you have had the chance to work with me during medical school or even residency you'd have probably heard me say these words in one way shape or fashion at one point. There are not to many diseases I see in my practice which seem to know no bounds as far as which part of the body it decides to overtake. Now I don't want to send any of my readers screaming to their doctor’s office because the real the concern is when your diabetes is UNCONTROLLED. There are millions of people living with diabetes who won't have to deal with any of the complications of diabetes is notorious for but all the same here are a list of facts and figures that shows just how severe the disease can be.

Facts & Figures

  • 422 million affected worldwide due to an increase in obesity with the fastest growing population is in low & middle income countries
  • Leading causes of  kidney failure and amputations worldwide
  • Leading cause of heart disease and strokes worldwide
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults
  • About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease
  • One of the leading causes of death in the world
  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
  • Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
  • Sexual dysfunction
    • More common because diabetes is causes damages to blood vessels and loss of sensation
      •  Men
        • Erectile Dysfunction is one of the most common neglected complications
        • Increases with age
      • Women
        • Long term nerve damage can result in vaginal dryness
        • Loss of sensation can lead to inability to achieve orgasms