Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body does not make enough insulin or does not use it. This leads to glucose staying in your blood and not reaching your cells.

A large amount of glucose in your blood can cause health problems. You need to know that diabetes is a serious disease. However, you can follow the right path to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.

Diabetes can lead to problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye problems, dental disease, nerve damage, and foot problems. The most common symptoms of diabetes include being more thirsty than usual, passing more urine, feeling tired and lethargic, always feeling hungry, having cuts that heal slowly, itching, skin infections, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss or gradually putting on weight, mood swings, headaches, feeling dizzy, and leg cramps.

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Today, we would like to present you with a list of 10 things most people might not know about diabetes. If you notice any signs of diabetes, you should immediately call your doctor. Self-medication can harm your health. Read and take notes!

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#1. Do you know that one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease?

#2. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.

#3. In fact, only five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

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#4. If you have type 2 diabetes, you can prevent it with moderate weight loss and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.

#5. The diet plan for diabetics is not very different from the diet plan for healthy people.

#6. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.

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#7. People who have diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than people without diabetes.

#8. All you need to do is control your diabetes to help you reduce the risk of developing complications.

#9. Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people.

#10. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.

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