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African Americans have the highest rate of diabetes, but get this: it’s a preventable disease. We can actually win the fight against it.

Genetic traits, the prevalence of obesity, and insulin resistance all contribute to the risk of diabetes in the African American community. African Americans also have a high rate of diabetic complications, because of poor glycemic control and racial disparities in health care in the USA.

As with most preventable diseases, if you catch them early, then you have a better chance of survival and possibly reversing the disease. Here are symptoms you may not know, but are indicators in pinpointing the disease:

You Have To Go To The Bathroom More

When you have diabetes, your body becomes less efficient at breaking food down into sugar, so you have more sugar sitting in your bloodstream, says Dobbins. Your body gets rid of it by flushing it out in the urine. That’s why you’re going to the bathroom a lot. Most patients aren’t necessarily aware of how often they use the bathroom But one red flag is whether the need to urinate keeps you up at night. Once or twice might be normal, but if it’s affecting your ability to sleep, that could be a symptom to pay attention to.

You’re More Thirsty

Urinating a lot will also make you feel parched. A common symptom Dobbins sees with patients is that they use drinks like juices, soda, or chocolate milk to quench their thirst. These sugary beverages then pack the bloodstream with excess sugar, which can lead to the problem all over again

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