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8 Common Diabetes Questions Answered

Health.com -- Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes; another 57 million have prediabetes, a precursor to the disease. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if the diabetes epidemic continues, one in three Americans will develop it in his or her lifetime. That's especially bad news for women, because the disease can affect both mother and child during pregnancy, and women with diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack (and at a younger age) than women without diabetes. Along with the worries about diabetes, there's a lot of misinformation (like skinny girls can't get the disease, or eating too much candy causes it), which is why we've gathered expert answers to the most common questions. What's the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It's most often diagnosed in patients under 18, but it can strike at any age. Type 1 diabetics need insulin to manage the disease. In type 2 diabetes, the body loses its sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that helps muscles absorb and use blood sugar. Traditionally, type 2 diabetes was diagnosed in older Continue reading >>

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  1. A DiabetesTeam User

    I am taking 500mg Metformin 3 x per day. Could this also be the cause of dizzy spells?

  2. A DiabetesTeam User

    Over the last few months, I have been having episodes of dizziness. All of a sudden I feel woozy and light headed, like I'm going to fall over. Occasionally, the episodes have triggered an anxiety attack. This past week, I had 3 of them within 5 days, once while I was sitting down. Usually, they happen when I have gotten out of a vehicle or other times when I have stood up and started walking. They seem to be getting worse, as during the… read more

  3. A DiabetesTeam User

    Taken 3 a day.is this o.k.

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