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Many with diabetes don't know they have the disease

Aunt Joan had been complaining about how tired she was. She is 60 years old and has been very active her whole life. Recently she had not been feeling well and had lost some weight even though she always seemed to be hungry. On July 19, my Husband Michael, Aunt Joan and I drove to New Jersey for a family wedding. Less than a half hour into the trip Aunt Joan had to go to the bathroom. She became very defensive and irritable when asked if she had gone to the bathroom before leaving. We urged her to see her doctor which she did. Sure enough she was diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 23.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States. Similar to Aunt Joan, about a third of these people (5.7 million) don’t even know they have the disease.

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