Risk Assessment Screening Test for Prediabetes
Are you concerned you have prediabetes? Or maybe you are not concerned, but should be. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has created a screening test based on risk factors to help you determine if you are at risk for developing prediabetes.
Note: Risk assessments are not intended to substitute for the advice of a medical doctor. If you are concerned you may have prediabetes, please see a doctor to discuss your concerns and be tested for prediabetes.
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes is a medical condition in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of feet or legs, and neuropathy (never damage) that can affect organs, circulation, and your digestive tract.
You may think that prediabetes is not a big deal — but it is. Untreated, 70% of people with prediabetes today, will develop full blown type 2 diabetes within the next decade. In fact, most people with prediabetes do not even know they have it much less how long they have already had prediabetes when they are diagnosed. It is important that you take prediabetes seriously so that you can fight off type 2 diabetes — prediabetes may be reversible, but type 2 diabetes is not.
It is not too late to change your fate! Use the following prediabetes screening test prepared by the CDC as part of their National Diabetes Prevention Program to see if you are at risk — if so, be sure to discuss your concerns with your doctor.
Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Answer these seven simple questions and find out.
Scoring: For each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed in the column. All “No” answers are zero points.
|1||0||Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth?|
|1||0||Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes?|
|1||0||Do you have a parent with diabetes?|
|5||0||Find your height on the chart. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height?|
|5||0||Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no exercise in a typical day?|
|5||0||Are you between 45 and 64 years of age?|
|9||0||Are you 65 years of age or older?|
At-Risk Weight Chart
Add your score and check below to see how you rated:
You can download more information about where to get tested for prediabetes, as well as the above information in their publication CDC Prediabetes Screening Test (PDF).
Think you may already have prediabetes?
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