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What is diabetes?

By AJ Murphy

Diabetes is a very common issue. People with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. Without treatment, diabetes can lead to serious problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • Poor eyesight

Contact your doctor right away if you notice any signs of diabetes. Some symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores

Managing your diabetes

It's important to work with your doctor. They can teach you how to take care of yourself. And help you feel your best. Your doctor will talk to you about checking your blood sugar before you eat. And taking insulin or oral medicine when your blood sugar is high. They can also teach you:

  • How to watch your blood sugar
  • Why you need to take your medicine
  • How to take good care of your feet
  • Which healthy habits can help you feel better

Helpful resources

You should learn as much as you can about your diabetes. Here are some links to help you:

About the author

AJ Murphy is an evocative young writer who grew up in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. AJ began his writing career at Alaska Ice Rinks Inc. in Anchorage, AK, where he also drove a Zamboni and took care of outdoor hockey rinks.

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