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Silent Medical Conditions

Find out now if your health is jeopardized by one of these stealth medical conditions.

By Denise Mann, MS
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Charlotte E. Grayson, MD

Remember that old saying: "What you don't know won't hurt you?" When it comes to your health, that's wrong - and dangerous!

From high blood pressure to skin cancer, some life-threatening health conditions often arrive with few symptoms or fanfare. While you may feel fine, millions of us have one of these conditions and don't know it. Now for the good news: If we spot these conditions early, we can take simple steps to greatly reduce our risk of serious complications in the future.

Here's what you really need to know about the top seven silent health thieves. Start protecting yourself now.

Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes

"Watch out for extreme thirst, dry mouth, increased urination and blurred vision. These are often the first signs of diabetes."

- Anne Borik, DO

About 18 million people have type 2 diabetes and another 16 million are silently at risk. Could it be you?