1 in 4 Don’t Know They Have Diabetes

    DENVER, CO - MARCH 26:  Registered nurse Susan Eager (R) teaches a diabetic patient how to draw her own insulin injections during a house call on March 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Supreme Court Monday began hearing three days of arguments over the 2010 health care overhaul, which is expected to affect the entire health industry. Eager works for the Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency, a non-profit that performs thousands of home visits each year for needy patients. The agency, funded by private donations and grants, says it helps keep patients living in their homes longer, saving federal programs like Medicare millions of dollars each year. It provides home health care without charge to people with chronic diseases and gives preventative services usually not currently covered by insurance.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that not only do more Americans have diabetes, but a frighteningly large percentage don’t even realize they have it. One in four Americans with diabetes do not realize they have it. Twenty-nine million people in the U.S. have the disease, up from 2010 estimates of 26 million. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar is higher than normal. Without weight loss and exercise, 15 to 30 percent will develop Type 2 diabetes in the next five years.

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