Over twenty million adults and children in the United States, approximately seven per cent of the total population, are suffering from diabetes. As many as seven million people, almost a third of US diabetics, remain unaware that they have the condition. Taking this fact and extending it globally reveals the insidious nature of the disease, and the sheer volume of diabetics who remain undiagnosed.
This problem is completely universal, as diabetes roars through numerous countries in the developing world. A recent report from the president of the Guam Diabetes Associatio, Carl Butler, indicates how rapidly the disease is spreading: “Here on Guam we have a high propensity of people with diabetes. At least one fourth of the island is diabetic, so that puts you at about 40,000 people with diabetes.”
The symptoms of diabetes are easily confused with other diseases and conditions. People who are concerned that they might be diabetic should be on the look out for frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss levels, fatigue, irritability and blurred vision.

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