About 800-thousand people in Illinois suffer with complications from diabetes.  State officials say the disease can cause serious medical conditions like heart attack, stroke, blindness, and even loss of limbs if it's not properly managed.  They're urging people to pay attention to the signs of diabetes - such as frequent thirst, fatigue, unusual hunger, and blurred vision. 

Minorities are impacted at a higher rate than other race groups.  Officials say the disease can be controlled with healthy eating, limited alcohol consumption, exercise, and no smoking. 


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