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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:
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:
You can help prevent these problems by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels under control.
Francesca Torriani, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology
UC San Diego | School of Medicine