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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the nerves, eyes, kidneys, heart and blood vessels. This damage can lead to other serious health problems such as heart disease or kidney disease.

Fortunately, the health problems caused by high blood glucose levels can be prevented or delayed. With proper treatment and education, people with diabetes can stay healthy and live well.

Everyone over age 45 needs to be tested for diabetes every three years. Earlier and more frequent testing is recommended for those at high risk.

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