Microvascular Complications Of Diabetes

Whereas macrovascular complications are confined to large blood vessels, microvascular complications affect the small blood vessels all over the body, mainly in the eye, kidney and around nerves. It is possible to develop macrovascular complications without having diabetes, however microvascular complications are specifically linked to diabetes. The three major types of microvascular complication are:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – Nerve problems
  • Diabetic Retinopathy - Eye problems
  • Diabetic Nephropathy – Kidney Problems

These problems tend to occur approximately 15 to 20 years after the diagnosis of diabetes has been made. There has also been some research that suggests there is a genetic component to their incidence.

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