Diabetes, which is a debilitating and unfortunately common disease, prevents your pancreas from functioning properly. The pancreas is responsible for creating insulin, which is an important hormone that tells your body to convert sugar into energy.
Without insulin, however, your body can’t process sugar, so it builds up in the body, which can lead to death if left untreated. Sadly, diabetes has increased by 400% from 1980 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). What’s even more surprising is that 8 million out of the 29.1 million people that have diabetes are undiagnosed, which means that more than 25% of people suffering with diabetes don’t even know they are diabetic.
Check out our list of signs and symptoms of diabetes, and see your doctor if you have any concerns.