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Diabetes is a disease in which there is too much sugar in the blood. Your body uses a hormone called insulin to help control your blood sugar. People with diabetes either do not have enough insulin or can’t use the insulin well.
There are 2 types of diabetes:
More than 700,000 New Yorkers have diabetes, and nearly a third do not know they have it. Many people with diabetes have no symptoms. For others, symptoms may develop slowly over time or are so mild, they go unnoticed.
Some common symptoms include:
Without proper care, diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of the legs or feet.
Along with a family history of diabetes, being overweight and physically inactive are the biggest risk factors for developing the disease.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is one of the best things you can do to reduce your chances of developing diabetes:
Taking diabetes medication that your doctor prescribes, healthy diet choices and exercise are important to managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that taking small steps to improve your health goes a long way when it comes to diabetes management:
NYC Health + Hospitals offers expert diabetes care at all of our hospitals and neighborhood health centers. In addition to high-quality care, we offer diabetes education classes, one-on-one sessions, and patient support groups.
Call today to make an appointment with a doctor near you:
Call 1-844-692-4692 today to make an appointment with a doctor near you.