Type II diabetes, the non-insulin dependent form of diabetes, affects about 16 million Americans--half of whom don’t realize they have the disease, according to recent studies.
Anyone can develop Type II diabetes, but it is more common among African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. You are at higher risk if:
* You are older than 45.
* You are overweight.
* You don’t exercise regularly.
* You have a family history of diabetes.
* You are a woman who has had a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds at birth.
The American Diabetes Assn. says you should contact your doctor if you have any of these signs:
* Extreme thirst.
* Blurry vision from time to time.
* Frequent urination.
* Unusual tiredness or drowsiness.
* Unexplained weight loss.
For more information in English or Spanish, call the ADA at (800) DIABETES.