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Your risk for having type 2 diabetes is high. Only your doctor can tell for sure if you have diabetes or prediabetes. These conditions often do not cause any symptoms; so, don’t wait to make an appointment with your doctor.
Right now, your risk for having type 2 diabetes is low. However, your risk changes over time. Be sure to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor and take healthy steps toward preventing or delaying diabetes.
An estimated 7.2 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Do you think people you care about may be among them? Help them learn their risk by sharing the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.
YOUR RISK FACTORS
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1. Less than 40 years old 0 point
1. 40-49 years old 1 point
1. 50-59 years old 2 points
1. 60 years or older 3 points
As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases. People 50 and older automatically score a point higher due to their age. You can’t stop the aging process, but you can take steps to reduce your risk through lifestyle changes and/or medication.
2. Woman with No History of Gestational Diabetes 0 point
2. Woman with History of Gestational Diabetes 1 point
2. Man 1 point
Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes; one reason may be that they are less likely to see their doctor regularly.
Many women who have gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
3.No Family History with Diabetes 0 point
3. Family History with Diabetes 1 point
There is a link between type 2 diabetes and family history, although the risk also relates to enviromental and lifestyle factors that family members share.
4. No History of Blood Pressure 0 point
4. Blood Pressure History 1 point
High blood pressure not only raises your risk for type 2 diabetes, but also increases risk of heart attack, stroke, eye problems and kidney disease.
5. Physically Inactive 1 point
5. Physically Active 0 point
Exercising regularly lowers your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
7. Normal Body Mass Index 0 point
7. Above Normal Body Mass Index 1 point
7. High Body Mass Index 2 points
7. Very High Body Mass Index 3 points
BMI is a measure of your height vs. your weight. Having a higher BMI raises your risk for type 2 diabetes.
About the Risk Test
Approximately 84 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. What’s more, nearly 90 percent of those people are unaware they have the condition. With so many people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, it’s critical for Americans to learn their risk, to be screened regularly and to take the steps necessary to delay or even prevent a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.
The ADA launched its first Risk Test in 1993. The test was adapted by a published study and validated using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When developing the Test, researchers looked for specific characteristics that made a person more likely than average to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. To make the tool as easy to use as possible, they only considered health characteristics that people would know about themselves without needing a blood test or other medical evaluation—such as age, height and weight, but not including blood glucose or cholesterol levels.
A high score on the online Risk Test (five or higher) means an individual has a significant risk for having undiagnosed prediabetes or type 2 diabetes; however, only a blood test can determine a diagnosis.
We encourage you to share your score with your doctor.
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