What is Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes Mellitus is a lifelong condition, normally your body will break down sugars from things that you eat into a special sugar called glucose. Glucose is needed to fuel the cells in your body but they also need insulin. Insulin is a hormone in your bloodstream needed to use the glucose as energy.
With Diabetes Mellitus your body either makes too little insulin or can’t use the insulin. This results in a high level of glucose in the blood causing the blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes and nervous system to build up. This is why if diabetes is left untreated it can cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness.
What does Diabetes look like?
The image shows on the left side a normal image of the retina, the image on the right shows an eye affected by diabetes.
Usually you won’t be able to see Diabetes when looking at someone’s eyes but you may be able to see areas that look blood shot.