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What happens if I don't control my diabetes?

Key fact:
Looking after yourself can keep you healthy and happy. Not looking after yourself can mean damage to many different parts of your body.

This website focuses on the benefits of self-management.

If you control your blood glucose levels, eat healthily, take regular physical activity and attend regular checks with your GP, you can live a healthy, happy life with diabetes. You may also reduce your risk of developing any further complications.

However, it is important that you are also aware of what can happen if diabetes isn’t well managed.

Model of body with references to high glucose and insulin levels.Damage to many parts of the body

If you don’t look after your diabetes, damage can occur to many parts of your body including your eyes, feet, heart, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.  This can cause many long-term problems for your health.

The pages in the how my body can be affected section of this website will discuss the things that can go wrong if diabetes isn’t well managed. Most importantly they will tell you what you can do to reduce your risk of any of these things occurring.

You can also watch the animated video explaining type 2 diabetes.