Diabetes is scary – common in the United States – but the strangest thing about it could be the number of people walking around without being diagnosed.
Of the 30 million people in the United States with diabetes, 25% do not know that they have the disease, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And it gets worse: Of the 84 million American adults with prediabetes, 90% do not have a clue that they are on the road to a diagnosis of diabetes at full share, reports the CDC
. According to Poorani Goundan, MD, an endocrinologist at the Boston Medical Center, the symptoms of diabetes are often subtle, which means that many young women miss or reject them easily.
Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when blood sugar is too high, usually because the body does not produce enough insulin, also has serial side effects. If left untreated, it can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, nerve damage and dementia, says Goundan
(This problem is not just a problem of older people. of adult diabetes before age 64, according to the National Institutes of Health.)
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That's why it's so important Have regular checks ups (among other things, your doctor will check your fasting blood sugar level, which may indicate potential prediabetes and diabetes) and pay attention to the signs of diabetes.
These 10 surprising symptoms of diabetes in women should be on your radar: