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What is Diabetes?

Every 17 seconds, another American is diagnosed with Diabetes.*

There are several forms of diabetes. The most common form is Type 2. In Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability
  • Frequent and/or recurring infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands/feet

If you have one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor right away. When it comes to managing diabetes, early intervention is essential.

Source: American Diabetes Association