Warning: Diabetes is hidden, growing disease



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The percentage of U.S. adults age 20 and older with diabetes rose from 5.1 to 6.5 percent between two time periods studied by federal health officials: 1988-1994 and 1999-2002, according to recent research from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention.

About one-third of those people do not know they have the disease. The reason why, said Rameshkumar Raman, an endocrinologist with Trinity, is that symptoms often do not appear until the disease is quite advanced.

That is why he encourages people who are at risk to ask their family doctor for a screening.

“At-risk” factors include: being 45 years old or older, having a family history of diabetes, being overweight, having an inactive lifestyle, being a

minority, having high blood pressure, having a low level of “good” cholesterol or having had pregnancy-induced diabetes.

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Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose that is caused by problems with insulin production or action, a definition from the National Institutes of Health says. It is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, as well as a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

The researchers also found ….

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