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American Diabetes Association


 American Diabetes Association




What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.”


Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.  Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.


Diabetes Symptoms

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical.  However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.


Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
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  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.





Common terms such as A1C, ACE inhibitor, blood glucose.... 




ADA Pensacola Chapter on Facebook

12385 Sorrento Road. Suite A-2Image result for american diabetes association clip art
Pensacola, Florida, 32507

Phone: 850-492-6100

Fax: 850-492-6997


American Diabetes Association

1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311

1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) 



Our Mission:  To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.



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