Millions of people in the US are living with diabetes or prediabetes and don’t even know they have the condition, according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, which comes out every two years.
More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, the latter a term meaning blood sugar is high but not high enough to be categorized officially as type 2 diabetes. Based on reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-quarter of adults (7.2 million people) who had diabetes weren't aware they had it, and just 11.6 percent with prediabetes were aware they did.
That’s why educating yourself on diabetes -- the types, signs/symptoms, risk factors -- is essential for keeping the disease under control. Yassin Mustafa, MD, an endocrinologist with Kettering Physician Network, who specializes in diabetes management, helps to break down some basic information to help you gain a better understanding about diabetes.
Types of diabetes
“Most cases of type 2 diabetes have no symptoms,” said Dr. Mustafa. However, when blood sugar is extremely high, Dr. Mustafa says the following symptoms can be present:
“Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease through lifestyle interventions,” said Dr. Mustafa. His recommendations include:
If you’re uncertain about your risk of diabetes, click here to take the Kettering Health Network Diabetes & Nutrition Center’s online diabetes risk quiz.
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