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Can you have diabetes and not know it?

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Millions of people in the U.S. have diabetes and don't know it. It's easy for doctors to check for diabetes using a simple blood test that measures blood sugar levels or a test called a hemoglobin A1c. Unfortunately, many people aren't tested because they either don't have symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they don't notice them. But it's important to find out ASAP to avoid complications.

From: Diabetes in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Heart Association. Koppes et al, , March 2005; vol 28(3): pp 719-725. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston. Schultze et al, , August 25, 2004; vol 292(8): pp 927-934. National Institutes of Health National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. American Diabetes Association. American Heart Association. News release, FDA.
Diabetes CareJournal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 15, 2018

SOURCES:  American Heart Association. Koppes et al, , March 2005; vol 28(3): pp 719-725. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston. Schultze et al, , August 25, 2004; vol 292(8): pp 927-934. National Institutes of Health National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. American Diabetes Association. American Heart Association. News release, FDA.
Diabetes CareJournal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 15, 2018

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