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All About Diabetes

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Diabetes affects how the body handles carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and it can cause high blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are regulated by insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas, which can depend on your eating habits.

Diabetes is the number one cause of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This disease is a condition where the body is unable to automatically regulate blood glucose levels, resulting in too much glucose in the blood. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects as many as 16 million Americans.

The most common symptoms of diabetes are as follow:

  • being thirsty all the time
  • frequent urination
  • increased hunger
  • having excessive fatigue

Complications due to diabetes can include:

  • vision changes
  • recurrent skin infections
  • tingling or numbness in your extremities
  • gums disorders
  • hair loss