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ok, please don't kill the messenger here. the long term consequences of elevated blood sugar due to not maintaining tight control are a number of maladies, ultimately though, death. because they are long term, that is the reason it is hard to maintain self-control, i.e not snacking on pumpkin pie - a huge load of carbs. but once the maladies start, many of them, such as kidney failure and various neuropathies, are not reversible. here are some links with <WARNING> graphic pictures of ulcerations caused by elevated blood sugars and peripheral neuropathy. while it is not pleasant to view, it should certainly have a substantial deterant effect. what do you think youur spouse, kids, grandkids are going to think when they have a look at that on you. i am not trying to be cruel. it would be cruel if such things were inevitable, but they are not. you just have to stay in tight control, a difficult, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding task - you live the rest of your life pretty medically normal, and die, but not of "complications of diabetes". sincere best wishes to all.

http://www.emedicine.com/ORTHOPED/topic387.htm

http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/som/pathology/sherman/cases.htm

http://www.dermis.net/dermisroot/en/42900/diagnose.htm
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