The diabetic complications that lead to damage of the smaller blood vessels like blood capillaries due to consistently high blood glucose levels are referred to as microvascular complications of diabetes include damage to eyes leading to blindness, to kidneys leading to renal failure and to nerves leading to impotence and diabetic foot disorders (which include severe infections leading to amputation).
That means, that microvascular complications of diabetes include:
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and is one of the leading causes of blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. Find out how to spot that you have this, and what you should do to prevent or treat it.
Diabetic nephropathy refers to the damage caused to your kidneys as a result of diabetes. In grave cases it can lead to kidney failure, but it is not a surety for every diabetic. Here, we tell you more about diabetic nephropathy and how to prevent or deal with it.
When there is nerve damage as a result of diabetes, it is called diabetic neuropathy. This is more common in those who have had the disease for a number of years and can lead to many kinds of problems. If you keep your blood glucose levels on target, you may help prevent or delay nerve damage.