Diabetic Complications


Diabetes is a systemic metabolic, biochemical and hormonal  disease that affects many types of cells throughout the body, including endothelial cells, liver cells, muscle cells, kidney cells, nerve cells and white blood cells. 

Diabetes gradually deteriorates the body over a period of years as the glucose clogs and damages the small capillaries that feed the kidneys, eyes, and feet; and, then, the large vessels that feed the heart and brain.

I know that you are tired of hearing this, but, diabetes eventually leads to an amputation of a foot or leg; kidney dialysis; severe vision problems (including blindness); heart attack; and, stroke. 

Over the years I cannot tell you how many times that people just like you have told me that they wished that they had heeded my warnings instead of assuming that losing a leg or going blind wasn't going to happen to them. In fact, some of them told me that they wished that I had been harder on them instead of sparing their feelings.

Now they sit around living with the regret that they could have prevented what happened to them -- if only they had listened, they would still have their legs, their eyesight and their kidneys ...

If you still doubt that this is going to happen to you, then, read further to understand how the diabetes will break down your cells and cause your tissues and organs to rot.

If you no longer doubt that this may happen to you, then, get the Reverse Diabetes Book: Death to Diabetes (or expanded ebook) and get started on your new journey to wellness. If you have a juicer or blender, you should also get the Power of Juicing book as well.

You will look back on this moment a few months from now and you will be so glad that you bought these books. In fact, you will be so happy  that you will tell others so that they can enjoy the same benefits that you are now enjoying.

Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes

The following flow chart shows how hyperglycemia causes insulin resistance, inflammation, glycation, and oxidation; which causes damage to various cells. And, this leads to neuropathy (nerve disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), retinopathy (eye disease), heart disease and Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Cells Affected by Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Pathogenesis

The following diagram shows how various risk factors that weaken the immune system and trigger damage to the linings of blood vessels because of hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, inflammation, oxidation and glycation. This, in turn, leads to major damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and brain. And, this eventually  leads to neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other health issues.

Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications

Other Diabetic  Complications

There are many other complications that can occur with diabetes, including the following: 

  • Bladder control problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Gastroparesis (stomach nerve damage)
  • Gout
  • Gum disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol (TC, LDL)
  • High inflammation
  • High triglycerides
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Incontinence (urinary, bowel)
  • Memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's
  • Weight gain, obesity

There may also be a higher susceptibility to other illnesses and infections, because diabetes, even if well-managed, can make it more difficult for your immune system to fight other illnesses and infections.

Consequently, you may be at risk for more serious complications from an illness compared to people without diabetes.

For example, many people with diabetes are more susceptible to more frequent colds and influenza, which can raise your blood glucose to dangerously high levels.

People with diabetes are also more susceptible to hepatitis B than people without diabetes. 

In addition, people with diabetes are at increased risk for death from pneumonia (lung infection), bacteremia (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

So, even if you don't like doctors, you should still see your doctor regularly and get at least an annual physical exam. For more details about doctor visits and specific blood tests, refer to our Doctor Visits & Exams and Critical Blood Tests web pages.

As a result, at least 4 out of every 5 diabetics develop one or more of the following long term diseases and complications.

Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)

Kidneys normally filter out waste products from the blood, but when the kidneys become damaged, the waste products remain in the blood and protein leaks into the urine, leading to kidney failure and dialysis.

Eye Disease (Retinopathy)

The signs of damage to the eyes include blurry vision, spots, and loss of vision, which can lead to blindness if the macula is damaged and there is a loss of blood supply to the retina. Other eye diseases that diabetics may acquire include cataracts and glaucoma.

Nerve Disease (Neuropathy)

The signs of nerve damage include the loss of feeling (touch) in the feet, tingling and burning, which can lead to foot ulcers, gangrene and amputation. If motor or autonomic nerves are damaged, this can lead to the loss of muscle control, causing problems such as gastroparesis, a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty causing erratic blood glucose levels. Other problems affect breathing, sexual function, bladder control, and bowel control.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

The signs of cardiovascular disease (or heart disease) include high homocysteine, high C-reactive protein (CRP), and high blood pressure -- which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Cold feet/hands and sexual dysfunction may be signs of circulatory (or nerve-related) problems.

The Major Diabetic Complications

The following diagram depicts the major health outcomes due to diabetic complications, including:

  • Retinopathy (Blindness)
  • Neuropathy (Foot Ulcers, Amputations)
  • Nephropathy (Kidney Dialysis)
  • Heart Disease (Heart Attack, Stroke, ED)
  • Alzheimer's (Depression, Cognitive Dysfunction)

Wellness Protocols to Prevent and Manage Diabetic Complications

The Death to Diabetes Wellness Program goes beyond just treating diabetes -- it also addresses the many complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.

In order to address these complications, the DTD Program consists of 10 steps, 6 stages, and 3 levels of severity that includes a detailed set of wellness protocols that can help manage many of these diabetic complications -- as long as you don't wait too long to start the program.

If you are experiencing one or more of the major diabetic complications, you should follow a very strict program that requires you to implement all 10 steps of the program [Ref: DTD Book, Chapter 16, Page 329]. This is mandatory if you want to protect your eyes, kidneys, legs, and other organs from further damage!

Implementing all 10 steps includes increasing your intake of raw foods and raw juicing; and, adding high quality nutritional supplements such as CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, evening primrose oil, and Omega-3 EFAs; and, adding super foods such as flaxseed, wheat grass, and chlorella.

Also, you must eliminate your intake of the 5 "dead" foods, including wheat, flour, sugar, vegetable oils, processed foods, and conventional animal meat.

You should also go through a major detox/cleanse as explained in the DTD Cleanse-Detox ebook. If necessary, use organic herbal tinctures for your eyes, kidneys, and nerves to complement your raw food nutritional program.

If you don't know where to purchase herbal tinctures and high quality supplements, contact our office or get the Nutritional Supplements Brand Names ebook.

In addition, it is imperative that you work with a knowledgeable diabetes health coach and gradually wean off as many of the toxic diabetic drugs and other drugs as soon as possible -- to prevent further damage to your eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, etc.

Refer to the Wellness Protocols ebook or Chapter 15 of the Death to Diabetes book, which provides a detailed step-by-step procedure that addresses each of the major diabetic complications; and, identifies the key foods, nutrients and supplements for each diabetic complication.

If you are a healthcare professional who wants to understand more about the science of diabetes, then, refer to the Science of Diabetes ebook.

Note: For more details about the impact of diabetes on you and your family, refer to the Impact of Diabetes on You web page.

Diabetic Complications

Based on recent studies, there is almost a 100% certainty that a diabetic will develop at least one major diabetic complication; and, a 76% chance that a diabetic will develop multiple diabetic complications! -- especially if the diabetic relies on diabetic drugs, which do nothing to stop the progression of their diabetes ...

Other Health Problems

For other health problems that may develop when you're diabetic include:

If these diabetic complications don't scare you, then, think about the real cost and financial impact and what it would be like to have to file for bankruptcy or to lose your home and become homeless.

FYI: Medical debit is the Number 1 cause for bankruptcy and homelessness in the United States!

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