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Type two diabetes the most common form of diabetes is linked to excess weight.
-- damages the body's ability to use insulin the hormone which controls blood sugar it.
Causes all kinds of damage in the blood vessels leading to heart attack stroke.
Kidney disease blindness and amputation.
It's estimated 26 million people in America have diabetes.
Of those 95%.
Have type two.
Seven million diabetics are believed to be -- diagnosed.
Another 79 million people are believed to be pre diabetic.
Type two diabetics can be treated with a variety of drugs including insulin.
More than a million Americans have type one diabetes.
Where the immune system attacks the pancreas and stops insulin production.
But cause still unknown but wait isn't a factor.
Type one diabetics need insulin from injections or -- Healthy eating and exercise are key to managing both types of diabetes and research shows good habits can prevent type two.
Changing your life style is more powerful.
And the vast majority of medications what you eat exercise and want.
Physical activity and integrate into your life whether it's just walking.
Doesn't have to be in the gym.
The three worst things are sugar sweetened sodas including orange juice and sugar sweetened iced -- fast food and potato chips.
If you think you might have diabetes or pre diabetes a doctor can order a test which would show your average blood sugar level over the last three months.
The information could help you stop or at least manage a deadly disease.
For the Fox News medical -- team I'm doctor Marc Siegel.
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