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Surprising Complications of Type 2 Diabetes

By Sara Butler

Type 2 diabetes is no health joke. It puts you at increased risk for kidney disease, heart disease, amputations and nerve damage. But the complications from uncontrolled blood sugar go a bit deeper than that and branch out to your entire body. If you have type 2 diabetes, or are at risk for it, be aware of these little-known complications so you can avoid them!

Decline of the Mind

Blood sugar has a big impact on your memory and attention over a long period of time. Diabetes has been found to create changes in the brain. If you can control your blood sugar, then you can help to reduce the chance that you will suffer from altered cognition or memory down the road.


If you have diabetes, then you are at an increased risk of suffering from depression. Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Despair
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping too much
  • Loss in interest of activities you once enjoyed

Depression is treatable, so if you have diabetes and suffer from depression, talk to your doctor about it so you can treat it.

Hearing Loss

Say what? Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in the regular population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty hearing people or things
  • Feeling like people are mumbling
  • Needing to turn up the radio and television
  • Struggling to keep up in conversations
  • Trouble hearing people speak in noisy rooms

If you have concerns about your hearing, go see an audiologist.

Gum Disease

If you have high blood sugar then it puts you at risk for gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends that diabetics watch for the classic warning signs of gum disease such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Loosening teeth
  • Brush, floss and see your dentist regularly to help prevent this complication.

Fungal Infections

If you have diabetes, then you have an increased risk of developing fungal infections too. Fungus loves to set up shop in areas that are warm and sugary. Jock itch, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, ringworm and other fungal infections can strike you if your blood sugar isn’t controlled. You will experience:

  • Itching
  • Red areas
  • Yeasty smell

See your doctor if you suspect a fungal infection.

Diabetes puts your overall health at risk, which is why it’s important to control it with the help of medical professionals. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about diabetes complications.

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