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Things You May Not Know About Diabetes

Updated on December 1, 2011

Did you know?

Diabetes Mellitus literally means "sweet urine" or to "flow like honey".  Do you know the reason for this particular title?  When sugar levels in the blood get too high, the body tries to purge itself by putting the excess sugar into the urine.  This is the reason that so many diabetics whose sugar is not controlled have kidney failure later on.

 Another fact your doctor may not share with you is that uncontrolled sugar levels can cause insomnia.  Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or feeling groggy upon waking up.  Chronic Insomnia can also cause elevated sugar levels which is another Catch 22 of diabetes.

Two other possible side effects of diabetes that are not commonly discussed are extreme fatigue and depression.  Though the fatigue is mentioned as a sign of diabetes it is often left untreated.  From personal experience the fatigue has left my life hard to take.  Constantly feeling exhausted and wanting to sleep has made my life difficult and miserable.  Depression is often left untreated in diabetes too. 

A lack of zest for life, a feeling of despair and fear of the complications of diabetes are all signs of this depression.  Sometimes, just having high blood sugar levels can leave you moody and down.

Some of the other side effects may include: dry scaly skin, loss of vision, kidney failure, heart problems, bad circulation in extremities including feet and hands, weight gain, injection site reactions, reactions to diabetic medicines including nausea and vomiting, brain damage and the list goes on and on.

An accumulated list I found on the web includes the following:

Progressive and acute side effects

This list was found at

For the diabetic, what may be facing them in the future can be terrifying and hard to live with.  Counseling may be helpful in helping them to cope.


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    • Smokes Angel profile image

      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments

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      seigfried23 6 years ago

      Thank you for this hub; my father has diabetes and it can be a struggle. Keep your head up! And to the rjsadowski....uh; write your own article or hub on it. Your comment wasn't as informative as a hub might be. Just a suggestion.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Interesting, but what are your conclusions? Besides getting counseling, what else should diabetics do? If you are diabetic, what lessons have you learned? I am a diabetic, and I lost 125 lbs. following my own diet. I check my fasting blood sugar daily and chart it. What do you do?

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      This brings up a lot of issues with diabetes I would have never thought about. I definitely voted this article up! Great hub!

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      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      Very informative article.