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What are the symptoms of diabetes?

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Symptoms of diabetes include weight loss, frequent urination, wounds that are slow to heal, increased thirst, tingling in the feet or hands, blurry vision and increased hunger, according to the International Diabetes Federation. These symptoms can be subtle or even absent in people with type 2 diabetes, but symptoms can be sudden in people with the onset of type 1 diabetes, and they should seek immediate medical help.

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Treatment for type 2 diabetes includes eating a healthy diet, monitoring daily blood sugar levels, getting regular exercise and taking medication, states Mayo Clinic. Not all patients with diabetes need to take medication because some are able to control diabetes through diet and exercise alone. If medication is needed to help control blood sugar levels, common medications such as metformin, Byetta and Actos are used, according to Mayo Clinic. Insulin is usually the last resort for patients who have tried oral medications but still have out-of-control blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States as of 2010, states the American Diabetes Association. In 2012, 9.3 percent of Americans, or 29.1 million people, had the diagnosis of diabetes, which includes 8.1 million people with undiagnosed diabetes. Diabetes contributes to kidney disease, strokes, heart attacks, dyslipidemia, hypertension and blindness if not adequately treated.

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