So when the sugar goes above 10 mmol/l (different values and way of measuring in the US and UK), the blood vessels : arteries and veins in the : eyes, heart, kidneys and feet and also EVERYWHERE (yes that includes the reproductive organs) SHUT – the sticky mess shuts them and so the cells can not get oxygen and they “starve” and can die.
That is when you have episodes like : stroke, heart attack or a black foot requiring amputation.
Or when you go blind, need dialysis or need to have a heart bypass/stent.
So what is the answer ? More meds, better meds ?? Maybe BUT mostly, more exercise, better eating habits, more exercise etc, consulting the team you know about re your diabetes : dietician, podiatrist, biokineticist, doctor, etc at least once a year.
If you keep the sticky mess away, did you know you live longer and better quality of life than your non-diabetic counterpart?