What Do You Really Know About Diabetes?
Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. And millions more have diabetes but don't know it, the CDC says. Yet diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. See how much you know about this long-term disease by taking this quiz.
People with diabetes most often have type 2. You are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are older
- Are obese
- Don't get much exercise
- Have a family history of diabetes
You are also at risk if you have prediabetes or had gestational diabetes. You are also at risk if you are of a certain ethnic background. This type of diabetes was once seen just in adults. Today more children and teens are being diagnosed with it.
Diabetes can affect many parts of your body. It can lead to serious health problems. These include:
- Eye problems
- Nerve damage
- Gum disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Lower-limb amputations
You can help prevent these problems by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels under control.