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Type 2 Diabetes

Nearly 15 million Americans are affected by Type II or adult-onset diabetes.  This number is expected to increase as obesity continues to increase.  For many type 2 diabetics, however, the good news is that blood sugar control can be improved without medication if dietary and exercise recommendations are followed.

The bad news is that many people with Type 2 diabetes are unaware that they have this potentially serious condition:  they simply haven't been tested.  Singing sensation Patti LaBelle was one of these:

"I went to a doctor after a show one night.  I passed out, almost.  And I thought it was going to be something related to the show, but he came back and said "You're diabetic."  I said "Oh really!"  That's how I found out.

Miss LaBelle was aware that family history is the number-one risk factor for type 2 diabetes-her mother and uncle both died of  diabetes.  African Americans are also at increased risk, as are those who are overweight.  The good news is demonstrated by Miss LaBelle:  even individuals at high risk can manage their diabetes with healthy eating habits, maintaining a healthy body weight, and medication if necessary.

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Created: 4/20/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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