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Diabetes FAQ

A staggering 24 million Americans have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of those people doesn't even know it. This dangerous disease, in which the body has trouble turning sugar into energy, is the seventh leading cause of death and the number one reason for adult blindness and kidney failure in the U.S. In addition, diabetes can lead to other complications, such as heart disease and stroke. The good news, though, is that this condition can be controlled. We've got the sound answers to all your questions.
I've been so thirsty lately and my friend said I might have diabetes. Could she be right?

Your friend's hunch may be correct; increased thirst is one of the most common symptoms, along with frequent urination, fatigue and blurred vision. Also, if you have an infection that takes a long time to clear up (especially bladder and vaginal infections in women) or dark patches on the folds of your skin, like the back of your neck, alert your doctor—these are all signs that you may be insulin-resistant," says Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and president of healthcare and education at the American Diabetes Association (ADA).