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Apparently not because there are folks who don't know the difference between Type I, or insulin dependent, diabetes and Type II, or what used to be called Adult Onset diabetes.
Type I REQUIRES injections of insulin to survive, as well as good health management.
Type II can be managed most of the time with diet, exercise and oral medications. At times, insulin is required.
Decide which Type you're talking about, then convey the appropriate information about it.
No, I don't think there's enough awareness about diabetes in this community or the country. About 24 million people have this disease and many are not aware of the symptoms.
A Physician should run an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) for those he suspects may be affected... This disease affects the eyes, skin, blood pressure, feet, and overall well being of an individual... While a good diet and exercise helps control the symptoms; an overall management program is necessary, such as daily fast testing and systematic blood tests; as determined by a physician.
Drink water, exercise and eat right!