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Could You Have Diabetes And Not Know It?

What you don't know can hurt you when it comes to diabetes. One of every fifteen Americans has diabetes and at least a third of them don't even know it. Because diabetes is often missed for many years, over half of those newly diagnosed already have problems such as heart disease, loss of feeling in the feet or eye damage. Having diabetes but not knowing it is a dangerous situation.

Answer the following "Yes" or "No" questions to learn if you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

 Yes   No    Questions
  I am between 45 and 64 years of age
  I am 65 years of age or older
  I get little or no physical activity on a usual day
  I am overweight
  I am a woman who had a baby weighing over 9 lbs. (4.1 kilograms) at birth
  I have a parent with diabetes
  I have a brother or sister with diabetes
  I am of African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian or Native/Indigenous heritage

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July 15, 2000

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