Kidney problems are another possible complication of diabetes. What happens is that high sugar levels in the blood as well as high blood pressure levels can damage a person’s kidneys. When this happens, the kidney’s ability to function can be severely affected.
In more severe cases, the kidney can be damaged to a point that it can no longer function at all. If this happens, dialysis or an organ transplant might be necessary.
Aside from the nerves in the eyes, diabetes can cause nerve damage in different parts of the body4. This condition is called diabetic neuropathy. The parts of the body usually affected are the hands and the feet.
Patients usually feel numbness in their hands or feet, or even a feeling of pins and needles. Over time, they might eventually lose all sensation in their extremities. This can be a serious problem since if they get any cuts or wounds, they might not even notice it immediately. Regardless of the size, a person with diabetes’ wounds also heal slowly if their disease is not managed, so this combination of factors can lead to serious infections. If not treated immediately, it might even require amputation of the infected limb.