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Doctors often fail to diagnose diabetes until long after prolonged high blood sugars have damaged your body. Here's why that happens and how to make sure that your diabetes does not go undiagnosed.

The Real Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, the actual symptoms that most people with Type 2 diabetes experience right before they are given a diabetes diagnosis are not increased thirst, a continual need to urinate, and unexplained weight loss.

These symptoms are typical of Type 1 diabetes. And they also occur in people with Type 2... more

Am I Diabetic? How to Test Your Own Blood Sugar To Find Out

If you have not been diagnosed with diabetes but suspect you might have something wrong with your blood sugar, there is a simple way to find out.

What you need to do is to test your blood sugar after you have eaten a meal that contains about sixty grams of carbohydrates.

You can ask your doctor to test your blood sugar in the... more

LADA -- Slow Adult Onset Autoimmune Diabetes with Some Type 2 Features

Not responding to metformin? Cutting carbs still leaving you with blood sugars much higher than normal? It's possible you have LADA. That's the abbreviation for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults, a slow developing form of autoimmune diabetes found in people over 35 years old that is often misdiagnosed as Type 2. It has recently become clear... more

MODY - It's Not Type 1 and Not Type 2, but Something Else

Up to 20% of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are not overweight. If you are one of them, it's worth doing some research to make sure that you don't, in fact, have one of the forms of what are often called "Type 1.5" diabetes, forms of diabetes that many doctors do not know about.

There are two major kinds of "Type 1.5." The most common is... more

Misdiagnosis By Design - The Story Behind the ADA Diagnostic Criteria

This is the little known story of how--and why--the American Diabetes Association keeps doctors from diagnosing Type 2 diabetes early.

If you wait for your doctor to give you a diabetes diagnosis, the chances are good that by the time you are diagnosed you'll already have one or more serious diabetic complications. These include retinal damage,... more

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