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Diabetes: Why It’s Often Undiagnosed, Symptoms to Look for and What You Can Do

Diabetes: Why It’s Often Undiagnosed, Symptoms to Look for and What You Can Do, by Kristin Fuller. Photograph of pad with word Diabetes in ink and testing apparatus.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases and often goes undiagnosed; know the symptoms and what you can do to minimize your risk

Imagine having one of the most common chronic diseases in the nation without being aware of it. As it stands, that’s the reality for 1 in 5 of the 34 million Americans with diabetes. As a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., diabetes can result in serious health complications if left untreated. However, because of the subtle and slow onset of diabetes, many individuals experience and endure symptoms for sometimes ten or more years before receiving an accurate diabetes diagnosis.

While the condition is

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