Diabetes is a serious disease and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. It can lead to damage in several organs such as your heart, kidneys, eyes, and sex life. If left untreated, you can have heart and brain attacks, loss of limb, impotence, or require dialysis. These problems are preventable if recognized early and treated properly.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a progressive disease that results in high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia. The number of adult Americans that are diagnosed with diabetes each year is 1.3 million.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make insulin at all, referred to as Type 1 diabetes, or when the body cannot properly use the insulin the pancreas does create, referred to as Type II diabetes. Insulin is the hormone that helps glucose enter all the cells of your body to be used as energy. Without it, our bodies cannot function properly.

In both Type I and Type II diabetes, sugar which is the body's main source of energy, builds up in the blood and starves the cells for energy. This can result in life-threatening damage to the kidneys, nerves, heart and eyes.

Some symptoms of diabetes include:

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Statistics of Diabetes in the U.S. provided by the American Diabetes Association (ADA):

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Statistics of Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity:

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