The risk of developing complications of diabetes will depend on the duration of the disease. Long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually. The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of diabetes complications.
Here are the 5 possible diabetes complications that are caused by uncontrolled diabetes:
1. Heart disease and stroke
Heart diseases are more likely to occur in people who have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests that two-thirds of deaths in people with diabetes are from heart disease.
Diabetes has been linked to high cholesterol.
High cholesterol can cause a gradual buildup of cholesterol plaque that clogs and harden the walls of blood vessels. And when blood vessels are partially blocked or narrowed, it can lead to a stroke or heart attack.