Hyperglycemia (cont.)

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What are the complications of hyperglycemia?

Long-term complications of prolonged hyperglycemia can be severe. These occur in people with diabetes and are worse when the condition is poorly controlled. The long-term complications of diabetes tend to develop slowly over time. Some of the complications of hyperglycemia in poorly-controlled diabetes are:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease, that can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease
  • Poor kidney function eventually leading to kidney failure
  • Nerve damage, that can lead to burning, tingling, pain, and changes in sensation
  • Eye diseases, including damage to the retina, glaucoma, and cataracts
  • Gum disease


CDC.gov. Diabetes.

American Diabetes Association.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/19/2013

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