Knowing the Symptoms of Diabetes

What is Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.  Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream.  When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin.

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Symptoms of Diabetes

Often, there are no symptoms.  When symptoms do occur, they include excessive thirst or urination, fatigue, weight loss, or blurred vision.

Types of Diabetes

There are four main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and a condition known as prediabetes, in which you have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels but not quite high enough (yet) to qualify as Type 2 diabetes.

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