Doctors issue warning sign reminder on Diabetes Alert Day

Tuesday marked Diabetes Alert Day, and doctors across New York City urged people to know the warning signs and symptoms of the disease.



About 700,000 New Yorkers have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.



Health officials say almost a third of those affected do not know they have the disease. The disease affects both the young and the old. According to the city's Health Department, diabetes continues to be a growing problem in the Bronx and Brooklyn.



Some of the more common signs are excessive thirst, rapid weight loss, vision problems, fatigue and frequent urination.



Doctors suggest those at risk for the disease join free hospital workshops that offer courses on how to manage diabetes.



Experts also urge people with a family history of diabetes to frequently take blood sugar tests to stay abreast of the disease.


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