What diabetics need to know about surgery

Patients with diabetes know that the disease complicates everyday life, from testing your blood sugar to dietary changes. Most are aware that it can also have long-term consequences on your health, especially your heart, kidneys and blood vessels. Not all realise that it can complicate routine surgery, from medication changes to your recovery. Here are four things you need to know about surgery if you have diabetes. Medication changes Some blood sugar medications need to be stopped before surgery or taken at different times.