30.3 million people. That's more than the population of Texas. And it's how many people in the United States are struggling with diabetes right now.
Perhaps scarier than those statistics is the number of people who don't realize the have the condition: according to the American Diabetes Association, a staggering 7.2 million Americans have diabetes and don't even know it—and approximately 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed in the United States alone each year.
While it may seem like a condition that goes unnoticed by so many people couldn't possibly be that bad, what you don't know about diabetes can hurt you in the long run. Even if your diabetes symptoms aren’t troubling you, that doesn’t mean they’re not taking their toll on your body. Uncontrolled diabetes can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, blindness, limb loss, and even death.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep yourself healthier in the long run—lose weight, stay active, and like get acquainted with these 20 diabetes symptoms you can't afford to ignore, for starters. And when you want to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, add these 20 Foods That Fight Diabetes to your menu.