The Dangers of Diabetes  (CDC Report)

                                                                            PAGE UPDATED 11/2019

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The following events are more likely to occur in a compliant patient with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes (exhibiting unstable blood glucose levels) than any other form of diagnosed diabetes.
 
DIABETES IS THE SEVENTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US.
The risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
The
risk of death is 19% higher for a diabetic diagnosed as being Brittle.

 

Uncontrolled diabetes often leads to biochemical imbalances that can cause acute life-threatening events such as DKA ,diabetic ketoacidosis and hypoglycemic coma. Brittle individuals have a higher frequency of emergency room visits as a result of these two conditions. 

 

DIABETES IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF KIDNEY FAILURE, NONTRAUMATIC LOWER LIMB AMPUTATIONS, AND NEW CASES OF BLINDNESS AMONG ADULTS IN THE US.
More than sixty percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.

 

DIABETES IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE.

 

DIABETES IS FOUND IN 60 TO 70% OF PEOPLE WITH MILD TO SEVERE FORMS OF NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE.
The results of such damage include impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, carpal tunnel syndrome, erectile dysfunction or other nerve problems.

 

PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE IS MORE COMMON IN PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

 

Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than two times higher than for people without diabetes. Because of the frequency of needed medical care on the part of those manifesting the 'Brittle" condition, expenses are even higher.

Brittle Diabetes Foundation Inc.

1547 Waterford Drive   Venice Florida 34292

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