Test your knowledge of diabetes by taking this 10-question quiz. You may be surprised at the answers.
Question 1 of 10
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes.
... When untreated or poorly controlled, diabetes has serious consequences. Diabetes increases a person's risk of developing hypertension and atherosclerosis (hardening/narrowing of the arteries), which eventually lead to heart disease.
Question 2 of 10
Eating too much sugar in the form of candy, soft drinks and other sugary treats can cause diabetes.
... Diabetes is a condition caused when the body fails to keep glucose levels in check.
Question 3 of 10
If you have type 2 diabetes, all you have to do is take a pill.
... While there are medications that lower blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes, weight control, meal planning and exercise are also necessary to treat the disease.
Question 4 of 10
With Type 2 diabetes the pancreas stops making insulin.
... The pancreas continues to make insulin in Type 2 diabetes, but either the quantity is insufficient or the body becomes resistant to it.
Question 5 of 10
Type 2 diabetes is more common among white Americans.
... Type 2 diabetes is more common among blacks, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans and American Indians.
Question 6 of 10
Type 1 diabetics require insulin shots to survive.
... Because the pancreas in Type 1 diabetics ceases to make insulin, they must take insulin injections to properly utilize the glucose in the bloodstream.
Question 7 of 10
Diabetics are required to eat more food that non-diabetics in order to maintian their weight.
... Since obesity in the major cause of Type 2 diabetes, weight loss is often recommended. In fact, weight loss can help people with Type 2 diabetes control the disease and even decrease the need for medication.
Question 8 of 10
Blindness is a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes.
... Diabetic retinopathy, a disease in the retina of the eye that can cause blindness, is a complication of poorly controlled diabetes.
Question 9 of 10
Extreme thrist and loss of appetite are symptoms of the onset of diabetes.
... Excessive thirst and hunger are common symptoms of diabetes. Also, symptoms of fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting are common.
Question 10 of 10
Type 1 diabetes is more common in white Americans.
... Type 1 diabetes is rare in most Asian, African and American Indian populations but more common in whites. Type 1 diabetes is also more common in children and adults less that 30 years old, but it can appear at any age.
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