Roughly twenty six million Americans have diabetes, and that number could double within the next twenty years.
There’s no sugar coating on reports that;
- 7 million folks have diabetes and don’t know it,
- 79 million people have prediabetes, and
- Many people who have diabetes aren’t managing their disease well or getting proper care.
Diabetes can cause blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and much more.
Doctors recommend screening for diabetes with a simple blood test (called A1C) if you:
- are obese,
- have high blood pressure, or
- are fifty five or over.
Many complications from diabetes can be prevented — but it’s up to you and your doctor. Keep tabs on your weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Plus get regular preventive exams.
The number of diabetics may be growing, but the problems from it don’t have to.
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