Over the long run, the metabolic imbalance that raises your blood sugar causes a host of other very serious health problems, including high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids, and a sharply increased risk of heart disease.

Other complications include kidney disease, blindness, and gangrene of the extremities (leading to amputation) and an increased risk of cancer.  In fact, the dangerous duo of high insulin and high blood sugar has the potential to damage every cell in your body, which is why diabetes and its complications are the fourth-leading cause of death in developed countries.