Things to Watch Out For

Don’t let complications occur. One in 3 people will have complications with their eyes, feet, kidneys or nerves by the time they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Long-term complications can include:

  • Heart disease and stroke: coronary heart disease is the cause of death for 80% of people with diabetes and increases the risk of developing other cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke and narrowing of the arteries.
  • Eye damage: Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina and increase the risk of other conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Foot problems: People with diabetes have an increased risk of ulcers and damage to the feet because of the damage to blood vessels and peripheral nerves.
  • Kidney damage.
  • Skin and mouth conditions.

Also, think about your colleagues. You may well know them better than anyone and notice them needing more drinks, food or toilet breaks throughout the day. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and encourage them to get checked out.