Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Coming Out Of The Candy Store

If someone told you there was a disease that afflicted millions of Americans, almost 8 % of the US population, nearly 25% of whom DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY HAD IT, would you be surprised? That disease is DIABETES. According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million American men, women, and children suffer from one or another form of diabetes. 5.7 million of them have no idea they have it, despite the existence of simple tests to discover whether or not they have it.
Of course, no one wants to spend money unnecessarily. But if you have ANY of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to be tested:
*frequent thirst
*frequent urination
*extreme hunger
*unusual weight loss
*increased fatigue
*blurry vision.
If you have questions, or want more information immediately, click on the ADA or WebMD links to the left of this page. The next post will look at the principal types of diabetes, and the other health issues it can lead to [unfortunately, there are quite a few, and many are serious, even life-threatening]. This is YOUR health, YOUR life we're talking about. Don't leave yourself at risk!
-Mike Riley


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