an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food
Read and discuss the long-term complications of diabetes.
Tissue or Organ Affected
Atherosclerotic plaque builds up and blocks arteries in the heart, brain, legs, and penis. The walls of small blood vessels are damaged so that the vessels do not transfer oxygen normally and may leak.
Poor circulation causes wounds to heal poorly and can lead to heart disease, stroke, gangrene of the feet and hands, impotence and infections.
The small blood vessels of the retina become damaged.
Decreased vision and, ultimately, blindness.
Blood vessels in kidneys thicken; protein leaks into the urine; the blood isn’t filtered normally.
Poor kidney function; kidney failure.
Nerves are damaged because glucose isn’t metabolized normally and because the blood supply is inadequate.
Sudden or gradual weakness of a leg; reduced sensations, tingling, pain in the hands and feet; chronic damage to nerves.