Diabetes means your blood sugar, or glucose, level is too high. How would you know? Warning signs include frequent thirst, hunger, or fatigue, urinating often, tingling in your feet, and blurry eyesight. But even if you don't notice these symptoms, you could still have diabetes. If you're African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic/Latino, you're at an increased risk for the disease.
It's important to know your risk because diabetes can lead to heart attack or stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs, especially if the disease is left untreated. But diabetes can be controlled, and you can reduce or avoid these health problems. Take the first step: find out if you are at high risk.
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? This includes women who have had gestational diabetes.