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Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is still a mystery. Genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, approximately 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. There are 3 Major Types of Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, & Gestational Diabetes.

Types of Diabetes:

Diabetes can be classified into 3 Major types:

Type 1 Diabetes

Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes only affects pregnant women. It affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases in the United States each year.

More about Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes Symptoms:

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless.

Some diabetes symptoms include:

- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Irritability
- Blurry vision

* If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible

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