Subtle Signs You May Get Diabetes, Warn Doctors

Diabetes is at record levels in the United States. Almost 34 million Americans—just over 10.5% of the population—are affected by the body's inability to adequately process blood sugar. The condition's ubiquity may make it seem like no big deal, but nothing could be further from the truth: Untreated diabetes can damage blood vessels throughout the body, leading to heart disease, stroke, blindness, even amputation.

 

Type 1 diabetes tends to develop in childhood, and it's unclear whether it can be prevented. But the American epidemic of diabetes is driven by Type 2, which generally develops in adulthood because of avoidable unhealthy habits, like a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. We asked two experts from Harvard Medical School (and contributors to the new documentary Better) how to recognize the subtle signs you might have diabetes. Read on to find out more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It.

 

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