Patients with type 2 diabetes must pay close attention to their glucose
levels and adhere to a blood sugar management plan that may include medications,
exercise, and dietary modifications. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult
for patients to minimize blood sugar spikes. Untreated or poorly controlled
type 2 diabetes can lead to severe health consequences, some of which
may be life-threatening. Patients with type 2 diabetes may reduce their
risk of these complications by treating obesity with
Nerve damage, or neuropathy, is a common complication of poorly managed
diabetes. Nerve damage often occurs in the feet, legs, hands, and arms.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include a “pins and needles”
sensation, burning or shooting pains, numbness, and weakness.
One of the problems of neuropathy is that the numbness may prevent the
patient from sensing injuries to the feet. As a result, these injuries
may go untreated. Patients may develop infections such as gangrene. This may
require the amputation of the foot or leg.
Without proper treatment such as weight loss with bariatric surgery, diabetic
patients are at a heightened risk of eye problems. Diabetic retinopathy
can cause vision loss. Additionally, diabetics may be more likely to develop
glaucoma and cataracts.
Individuals with poorly managed type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of
skin complications, including bacterial infections such as boils, styes,
and carbuncles. They also have an increased risk of fungal infections,
including Candida albicans, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. Other
skin complications that are related to diabetes include diabetic dermopathy,
acanthosis nigricans, and digital sclerosis.
Untreated diabetes is a significant risk factor of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetics may be more likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
They’re also at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
If you have type 2 diabetes and obesity, you may be a good candidate for
bariatric surgery at
The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute. We’ve helped countless individuals improve their health through
weight loss surgery options such as gastric band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy
near Atlantis. You can request more information about our bariatric surgery
program by calling