Many symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are similar. With type 1 diabetes, symptoms occur more abruptly and are noticed quickly. Individuals with type 2 diabetes may have symptoms, such as feeling tired and thirsty for several years. Because the symptoms may be absent, mild or occur very gradually, these individuals often do not notify their doctors. In this case, the diabetes is discovered during a routine physical or when the person is in to see the doctor for another reason.Symptoms of diabetes include:
The causes of diabetes are not well known, but both heredity and environment appear to play a role in its development. The American Diabetes Association recommends that testing be done in individuals who:
There are several steps people can take to reduce their risk for diabetes, the most beneficial being:
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Diabetes affects an estimated 21 million people in the U.S. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the American Diabetes Association, those affected include:
According to the most recent statistics, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death, and the fifth leading cause of death from disease.
The diabetes statistics listed below come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Fact Sheet for the United States, 2005.