About a quarter of the more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes are unaware of their condition. And 90% of the 86 million with prediabetes are unaware, too.

Considering the complications and comorbidities associated with diabetes, it’s highly risky not to seek out a diagnosis or to do something about it. According to this Healthline article, the risks for the following diseases and incidents increase as diabetics age:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Peripheral artery disease
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