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Diabetes Mellitus is a disorder in which blood levels of glucose are abnormally high because the body doesnt release or use insulin adequately Diabetes Mellitus affects many organs of the body It affects the blood vessels because Atherosclerotic plaque builds up and blocks large or medium-sized arteries in the heart brain and legs The walls of small blood vessels are damaged so that the vessels do not transfer oxygen normally and may leak This can lead to poor circulation and can hinder the healing of wounds cause heart disease stroke gangrene of the feet and hands and infections The eyes are also affected The small blood vessels of the retina become damaged leading to decreased night vision and ultimately blindness Poor kidney function and kidney failure may also arise due to thickening of the blood vessels in the kidneys Protein leaks into the urine and the blood is not filtered normally Skin is greatly affected by diabetes Mellitus There is poor blood flow to the skin which causes loss of feeling Sores and deep infections called diabetic ulcers occur because of this Pregnancy is affected by diabetes Mellitus Many changes that take place during pregnancy make controlling blood sugar more difficult for a woman who has diabetes Changes in the levels and types of hormones produced during pregnancy can cause insulin resistance increasing the bodys requirements for insulin Poorly controlled diabetes may endanger the fetus as well as the woman With proper adjustments in insulin the risks lessen Diabetes increases a pregnant womans risk of infection early labor and high blood pressure caused by pregnancy The baby of a diabetic woman may be unusually large at birth The risk of birth defects is two times higher in babies of women who have diabetes Most women who have diabetes can have vaginal deliveries After birth the babies are assessed carefully because they are at increased risk of developing breathing difficulties low blood sugar and calcium levels
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