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Dr. Jennifer Caudle is a board-certified family physician and Assistant Professor at Rowan University. She frequently appears as a health expert on The Dr. Oz Show, CBS 3 Philadelphia News, Fox News, CNN and others. You can find out more via her official website HERE. 

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high. Insulin is a hormone made by our bodies that helps control blood sugar. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make insulin well or use insulin well. In both conditions, the lack of effective insulin causes blood sugars to be high.

What are the side effects of diabetes?

Diabetes can affect your:

Eyes

Kidneys

Blood vessels

Heart

Nerves

And many other organs

How common is diabetes?

 According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know.

 According to the US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African-American adults are 80 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.

Dr. Jen Caudle answers your diabetes question on Page 2.

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