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Today, we'll discuss "Sugar" that's anything but sweet.

Every one probably knows someone who has diabetes or what some call "sugar".

Because, more than 20 million people are living with diabetes and amazingly a third of them don't know they have this potentially life threatening disease.

There are three types of diabetes. Type I is commonly referred to as childhood diabetes. Type II is associated with adults - and, the third is gestational diabetes which happens during pregnancy.

In Type 1 diabetes, one out of six affected is overweight and under the age of twenty.

The pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin. That's a big problem since our cells need insulin to utilize complex and simple sugars like glucose.which we need for energy.

Type II diabetes is most common among adults, affecting a third of those over the age of 60. In type II diabetes, the cells don't recognize insulin and they're unable to absorb glucose.

The bottom line is both forms of diabetes, Types 1 and 2, result in rising blood glucose levels. That can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and blindness. So, schedule a physical exam every year to make sure you're not among those with diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is different. It affects pregnant women when placental hormones block the mother's cells from recognizing insulin. The baby can develop complications such as being born overweight, breathing problems or type II diabetes later in life.

As our population ages, more Americans will develop Diabetes. Thankfully, there are good treatments to manage it and there are more on the way. If you are diabetic, listen to your doctor and follow their advice.

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