Blurry vision. Bladder infections. Numbness in your hands or feet.
These are some of the symptoms of diabetes that go unnoticed because they seem harmless.
Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the most common form, but many people are unaware they are at high risk, according to the American Diabetes Association. In fact, health officials estimate 79 million people have prediabetes – a condition that leads to diabetes.
For the next month, the ADA is urging people to take a diabetes risk assessment to know if they might have diabetes or prediabetes.
People with type 2 diabetes can develop complications because their bodies either do not produce enough insulin or the their cells ignore insulin, according to the ADA. Then, when they eat food, glucose builds up in the body instead of going into the cells.
Some of the complications from diabetes include: glaucoma, cataracts, neuropathy, skin infections, high blood pressure, heart disease, hearing loss, nerve damage, kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States, according to the ADA. It’s also the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between the ages of 20 and 74.
Thankfully, people can prevent diabetes and reduce their risk of having the disease by living a healthy lifestyle. Eating good foods and getting enough exercise are critical components.
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