Now, you or a close friend or family member may have diabetes and do not know it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans now have diabetes, and more than 7 million of them haven’t received a proper diagnosis.
And undiagnosed diabetes will catch up with you eventually. The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the more likely you’ll be able to prevent the complications that can develop as a result of prolonged high blood sugar levels.
While the CDC report doesn’t differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the majority of those undiagnosed cases likely fall in the type 2 category for two reasons.
The first is that 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are type 2, according the CDC report.
The second is that type 1 diabetes is the autoimmune form of the condition that develops rapidly over the course of a few weeks, not years. The signs and symptoms come on quickly.