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How serious is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious condition, both acutely and chronically. If type 2 diabetes goes unnoticed it can cause severe increases in blood sugar, which can lead to hospitalizations and death. Long term, the disease can be very serious as well, causing kidney damage and sometimes failure, heart disease, skin infection and severe nerve pain in the legs and feet. People at risk for type 2 diabetes should be screened regularly to catch the disease early.

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