7 Things to Know if You've Received a Diabetes Diagnosis


Diabetes raises the risk of heart disease, blindness, and stroke.

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Diabetes can be a frightening diagnosis, since it is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, new cases of adult blindness, and leg and foot amputations. Each day, more than 4,000 adults are diagnosed with the disease, and about 200 people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because diabetes affects roughly 24 million Americans—and can be life altering—it's important to educate yourself about the condition and what it means for your lifestyle. The next 7 slides contain suggestions to get you started, pulled from prior U.S. News reporting.

[Read: 5 Reasons That May Explain Why Type 1 Diabetes Is on the Rise.]

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