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Millions Unknowingly Have This Dangerous Disease–Are You One of Them?

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Millions Unknowingly Have This Dangerous Disease–Are You One of Them?

Over 70 million Americans have a potentially-deadly disease—and they don’t even know it.

According to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 90 percent of adults with pre diabetes—a type 2 diabetes precursor, hallmarked by elevated blood sugar levels—are completely unaware they have it, and are therefore unaware of the damage being done to their bodies.

Pre diabetes affects an estimated 79 million Americans overall.

While not everyone with abnormal blood sugar will develop the full-blown version of the disease, anywhere between 15 and 30 percent of pre diabetics will acquire type 2 diabetes within five years of being diagnosed, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

How to tell if you have pre diabetes

Many people fail to recognize that they are pre diabetic, because higher-than-normal blood sugar levels don’t always cause immediately distinguishable symptoms. However, the disorder gradually gets worse over time, as do its side effects.

When signs of pre diabetes do appear, they typically mimic those seen in diabetics:

  • severe tiredness
  • infections that won’t go away
  • wounds that won’t heal
  • being thirstier than usual
  • having to urinate more frequently

Another potential indicator of impending diabetes danger can be found on the skin.

Acanthosis nigricans is a condition that causes patches of thicker, darker skin to develop in folds and body creases. This disorder can be benign and may be attributable to race (people of African descent are more likely to get it) or certain medications, such as birth control pills. But, it can also point to underlying health issues, particularly diabetes.

Continue reading to learn how to reverse pre diabetes…

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Millions of Americans Have This Dangerous Disease, But Don’t Know It originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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3:30AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

thank you, will share!

2:57AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

beans means no diabetes :-)

8:36AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Fear mongering

8:12PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

TY

12:36PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Good to know.Thanks for sharing

9:47AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Well, I don't believe there should be a term called "pre-diabetes" to bother people that they may develop something.

9:45AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

I don't really believe this. I think that anything like this would occur bc of all the junky food that there is for people. Most food that is mixed n put into a box is completely not any good, and the fact that salt is put on nearly everything, that could account for the tiredness and dehydration.

8:00AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

thanks a lot!

6:00AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you.

4:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Important we respect our bodies so that it serves us well!

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