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April 18, 2010
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Diabetes is one of the largest growing systemic disease in the United States today. Our health as a country, both financially and physically, hinges on how well we can do as both patients and health care professionals in treating and preventing this disease. Here are some facts about the rapidly increasing disease (numbers in the US) adult onset Diabetes Mellitus or type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

 Here are some first signs of type  2 diabetes:

 Frequent urination
Unusual thirst
Extreme hunger
Unusual weight loss
Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Frequent infections
Blurred vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
   Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

 Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is crucial in avoiding serious, and often lethal later complications. Diabetic foot checks are crucial in the treatment and continuous monitoring of diabetes. If you are  a diabetic, or have any early symptoms, call and schedule a diabetic foot check today! For further information check out the American Diabetes Association website at www.diabetes.org.

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