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Do You Have Diabetes?|
More than 20 million Americans have diabetes, and 41 million more have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Even more alarming, 6 million Americans have diabetes and don't even know it. Could you be one of them? Diabetes, a chronic condition in which the body doesn't properly use glucose, is often the successor of pre-diabetes, a condition in which a person's glucose levels are elevated but below the range for diabetes. Typically, people with pre-diabetes-as well as those with diabetes-have no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, some potential warning signs include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, have a family history of diabetes, are overweight and/or age 45 or older, have high blood pressure or cholesterol or have a history of gestational diabetes, talk to your doctor about testing to detect pre-diabetes.
Looking for a doctor? Find a list of physicians on the medical staff at the hospitals of Texas Health Resources.
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