I know about the usual ones, retinopathy, neuropathy, excettera... I know we are more prone to have thyroid problems. The doc tells me to watch my cholesterol and blood pressure but for me those are not an issue. I know we may be more prone to get additional autoimmune disorders.

What I am curious about are the things that are more common for diabetics that the doctors may not tell us about until we get them.

For instance, I found out a couple years ago that diabetics tend to have balance issues--I thought I was just a clutz. I found out we are more prone to carpel tunnel, and not just because I type too much. I recently found out we are more likely to get Plantar fasciitis--no I don't wear high heals, yes I always wear my support shoes with the orthos in them...

What other not so great things do w have to look forward to that they don't tell us about?

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How about frozen shoulder (aka adhesive capsulitis)? Almost seems to be related to trigger finger, and I've had both. A lot can happen in 55 years with diabetes!

Heart disease, clogging of the veins in the legs and heart requiring Angiogram/Angioplasty/stent placement on a regular basis to clear the veins. Diabetics plaque in the blood is stickier than non-diabetics. Gastropharisis (I am not sure I spelled that right) but it is when your digestion slows due to nerve damage in the intestines and the inability squeeze food through and digest it properly. I have had some problems with my memory both short and long term. Depression is more commonplace in diabetics, compromised immune system,
I have been type one 55 years now, 1 heart attack, 1 stroke, but I am still upright and walling on my own although I have had to watch my balance since my youth. still have all my toes and fingers and other than cataracts at age 45 my eyes are good, sometimes I feel its all a toss of the dice, genetics, the universe, God, who knows. I think this will affect all diabetics in different ways. Just do your best to keep your blood sugars as level as you can and your A1C's under 7 if you can and you will be alright. take care

Do you, or does anyone, happen to know more about balance issues? I've had T1 for 32 yrs. None of the 'major' complications, but I've had frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel. I also have balance issues that have been getting slowly worse over the past several years. My natural blood pressure is low, so I have to change positions very slowly or I almost pass out. I often feel a bit out of balance and kind of 'woozy' and wonder if there's any type of autonomic neuropathy that happens in the absence of peripheral neuropathy.

Ambria, Diabetes is an unpredictable disease and a lot is is still not known about it. Please accept my condolences I know what it's like to lose a loved one. To quote a phrase I read many years ago "medicine is not an exacting science". No mater how much science learns about human development they'll never learn it all.

Wow 55 years is a long time. I thought my 33 years was long. Congrats to both of you!

Teeth and gum problems. Genital/vaginal itching. IBS. Yes, frozen shoulder and frozen fingers - once for four months unable to open my hand. Acupuncture cured that.

In addition to frozen shoulder (and being told I am really stiff), diabetic retinopathy, and plantar fasciitis as mentioned by others, the incidence of Glaucoma is much higher. -- At least the is the list of things I've had. I've avoided all heart/vascular related issues by exercising like a mad-man -- at least 10 hours a week of hard exercise.

43 years of type I.

I have a shoulder that doesn't have full motion and and elbow that doesn't open all the way....is that potentially related to my diabetes? Physical therapy didn't help.

Yes. Ask about adhesive capsulitis as was mentioned before. None of my limbs, knees and elbows, really straightens out all the way any more, It wasn't until I had frozen shoulder that my endo told me these things were diabetes related.
I've had type 1 diabetes for 37 years. A few years ago I had frozen shoulder first in the right, then in the left shoulder, then trigger finger in the pinky on my right hand. All of these things mostly cleared up with therapy and time.

I am going on 35 years as a type 1 and found this group to be reasuring news that i am not going crazy. About two years ago all these complications started showing up. . frozen shoulders, carpel tunnel, diabetic retinopathy, nueropathies, depuytren contracture and now i am suspecting i am having "clogging of the veins" issues in my lower legs. . but i have a mystery one maybe you all can help me with . .. I THINK this happens when my BS spikes up or down quickly, but the soft tissue on either side of my neck will swell up and i look like Frankenstein, doctor thought maybe angioedema, but im thinking something else, does anyone else have this issue?

Trigger finger - I have had 5 surgeries to fix this issue, 2 carpal tunnel surgeries, plantar fascitis, also not from wearing high heels, just happens I guess, celiac disease - I don't have this but it is one of the common autoimmune problems with diabetics, RA, there are a bunch more but they depress me so I ignore them.

Hi all. I'm brand new to this site. I've had type 1 for 32 yrs. I have been diagnosed with a few complications - neuropathy in my feet, cataracts (newly diagnosed - just watching for now), kidney disease (but it's been stable for a long time), hypertension, high cholesterol, retinopathy. I also have Psoriatic arthritis. My most limiting problem by far is weakness in my legs that makes it impossible for me to any longer walk more than a few blocks. Does anyone else have this problem. My doctors have been unable to figure out the cause, although, I'm in nursing school, and may have recently figured out my problem. I think I have peripheral artery disease. All of my symptoms seem to fit. I need to ask my doctor at my next appt. to check for this. Does anyone else have PAD, and if so, what are your symptoms, and does it cause weakness and pain so bad from your buttocks and thighs that you can no longer walk long distances? Was there any treatment that worked for you? Thanks!

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