Thursday, 11 August 2011

How does diabetes affect my body

When you digest food, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). Insulin allows this glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it properly, so the glucose builds up in your blood instead of moving into the cells. Over time, too much glucose in the blood can damage the blood vessels and nerves in your body.

Damage to your nerves means that you may have burning pain or lose feeling in a part of your body this is called diabetic neuropathy. Damage to the blood vessels that some areas of your body (usually the feet) may not be getting a good supply of blood. 


People who have diabetes often have trouble with their feet. The loss of feeling in your feet can make it hard for you to tell if you have a blister or sore. If little sores aren't taken care of, they can get worse and turn into ulcers (serious, deep sores). If these ulcers become infected, you may have to go to the hospital or, in very serious cases, have a foot amputated (removed). This handout will give you some tips on how to care for your feet

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