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According to the latest American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, about 8 million people 18 years and older in the United States have type 2 diabetes and do not know it. Often type 1 diabetes remains undiagnosed until symptoms become severe and hospitalization is required. Left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of health complications. That's why it's so important to both know what warning signs to look for and to see a health care provider regularly for routine wellness screenings. Symptoms In incidences of prediabetes, there are no symptoms. People may not be aware that they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes because they have no symptoms or because the symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed for quite some time. However, some individuals do experience warning signs, so it's important to be familiar with them. Prediabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes No symptoms Increased or extreme thirst Increased thirst Increased appetite Increased appetite Increased fatigue Fatigue Increased or frequent urination Increased urination, especially at night Unusual weight loss Weight loss Blurred vision Blurred vision Fruity odor or breath Sores that do not heal In Continue reading >>

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  1. skoosh

    A friend's Facebook post has piqued my curiosity about people using "sugar" (or phrases that include the word "sugar") as a synonym for diabetes mellitus. This usage is pretty alien to me personally, but according to this post on Everything2, it's used widely in eastern North America, in Canada as well as in the South.
    However, a preliminary Google and Wikipedia search yields little, so I'm wondering if any of you have either firsthand knowledge of people using "sugar" in this way (and who/where), or can point me to resources either online or offline, such as books or articles by linguists, that could elucidate the range, origins and/or evolution of this usage. I'm especially interested in how "diabetes" evolved in folk usage to "sugar", and what the stages were along the way. Did it have multiple, independent origins, or did it start in one small area and spread everywhere else? Is there a class or ethnic dimension? I'm also interested in the firsthand accounts, as that could help build a picture (albeit anecdotal) of how widespread this usage really is, or was.

  2. runningwithscissors

    My grandparents and their peers use this terminology in Ohio.

  3. deadmessenger

    My mother (from New York City, born in 1940) called it sugar diabetes.

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