Approximately 2.7 million or 11.4% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.  However, one-third of them do not know it.  The fact of the matter is that diabetes is a silent killer that is not so sweet!

In ideal situations, African Americans with diabetes will monitor their disease to keep it under control.  This includes getting educated about the disease; learning and practicing the skills necessary to better control blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels; and receiving regular checkups from their doctor.  With these steps, maybe we can make diabetes a little easier to control … and make life a little more sweet.

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