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Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or controlled once diagnosed.

You won't know until you are tested

Blood tests are used to diagnosis diabetes and prediabetes because disease type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms in the early stages. The test is repeated before a diagnosis is confirmed.

Managing your diabetes: Not just glucose levels

In order to detect or prevent complications people with diabetes are advised to have several tests and checkups each year.

Type 2 diabetes: Myths vs. Reality

There are several misperceptions and misunderstandings about type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina — is the leading cause of new blindness in persons aged 25 to 74 years in the United States.

Diabetes: The leading cause of kidney failure

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and accounts for more than 43 percent of new cases.

Just 7 percent of body weight

With a change in lifestyle, researchers have found that people at risk of type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Sugar-sweetened beverages

Researchers have found that just one 12-ounce serving a day of a sugar-sweetened beverage can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diet is a four-letter word

The eating plan recommended for those with diabetes is the same as that recommended for everyone.

Not just pasta

People with diabetes must watch their consumption of carbohydrates, which are sugar, starch and fiber.

Chickpea Salad

This recipe for chickpea salad is low in sodium, but high in fiber and protein.

Exercise is medicine

Regular exercise, or physical activity, is recommended for those with diabetes to help control their blood glucose levels.

Diabetes signs, complications and risk factors

Although diabetes is often silent in the initial stages, specific symptoms emerge as the disease progresses. Poor control of glucose levels increases the risk of complications of diabetes.

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