Yes, there is an element of my personal story, but please, before you hold up the TMI hand cause the head ain't listening, please listen to what I have to say. If you are not getting regular checks of your blood sugar, please do so. If your biological heritage includes genetic material indigenous to Africa or the Americas, you have a genetic predisposition to this disease, even if you eat a healthy diet and excercise every day. And by indigenous to the Americas, I mean all of the Americas. This would include an overwhelming majority of Latin Americans, as well as people whose ancestors lived on lands now known as the United States. Everyone, regardless of DNA, should be checked every year. Those with a genetic predisposition, people with African and/or indigenous American heritage, should be checked up to every 3 months. Work is still going on, but there have been some studies done indicating that up to 80% of some indigenous American subgroups whose lands are near the border of what is now called the US, and what is now called Mexico, will develop the disease. Diabetes can be an insidious sneaky thing, there are frequently no symptoms, and when symptoms appear, they are likely to be symptoms of a complication. And the complications of diabetes are not something you would wish on your worst enemy, and certainly not something you want to sit down and play Russian Roulette with. Nobody can say how long I had the disease, before the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy drove me to the doctor. Not all people who have this particular complication have symptoms, as someone who does, I would have to say it is a toss-up, since without symptoms the damage continues to progress. With symptoms, well, you can google. Actually you can just google diabetes complications, the one I have is just one. There is a wide selection, and they are all pretty horrific. Suffice it to say that I take a lot of medications and those medications do impact my ability to do all the things I used to, and so do the symptoms themselves, to an extent. So much for the TMI, but please, get yourself tested, and if you do not know for sure whether you have a genetic predisposition, assume that you do, and that your children, if any, also do, and have them tested as well. Depending on your health care situation, you may have to push for this. I know that in my case, I was not routinely tested, even though I had reached the age where they start to worry more about your blood pressure, etc. Well, my blood pressure has always been exemplary, but even in those yearly "checkups" permitted by the HMO, they never tested me. And in my ignorance, I did not know that I should insist that they do it. Or go to a health fair in the park and have them do it. So I will repeat it. If you are not being tested REGULARLY and without fail, for diabetes, please do whatever you need to do to correct that. That is all, thank you.