This Quick & Easy Test Will Tell You Your Diabetes Risk!

There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body attacks its own pancreas with antibodies, therefore the inability to produce insulin. Gestational diabetes happens during a woman’s pregnancy. It creates a great risk to the unborn baby such as abnormal weight when the baby is born, breathing problems, and a higher risk of obesity and diabetes later in life. The mother may develop type 2 diabetes later in life because of gestational diabetes.

Take a quick test and calculate your numbers to determine your risk of developing diabetes.
Take a quick test and calculate your numbers to determine your risk of developing diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common one. It accounts for 95% of diabetes in adults, with numbers rising in children as well. Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas does produce insulin, but not enough for the body’s needs. It can cause major health risks including heart disease and a stroke. There are many factors that can contribute to increasing a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Take this quick test to find out if you are at risk.

How Old Are You?

Less than 40 years (0 points)

40-49 years (1 point)

50-59 years (2 points)

60 years (3 points)

Family History: Does Your Mom, Dad or Siblings Have Diabetes?

Yes (1 point)

No (0 points)

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

Yes (1 point)

No (0 points)

Are You Physically Active? (At Least 2.5 Hours of Exercise A Week)

Yes (0 points)

No (1 point)

Are You A Woman or Man?

Woman  (0 points)

Man(1 point)

What Is Your Height and weight? (BMI)

4´ 10˝         119–142         143–190            191+
4´ 11˝          124–147         148–197            198+
5´ 0˝           128–152         153–203           204+
5´ 1˝            132–157         158–210            211+
5´ 2˝           136–163         164–217            218+
5´ 3˝           141–168          169–224           225+
5´ 4˝           145–173          174–231            232+
5´ 5˝           150–179          180–239           240+
5´ 6˝           155–185          186–246           247+
5´ 7˝           159–190          191–254            255+
5´ 8˝           164–196          197–261            262+
5´ 9˝           169–202         203–269           270+
5´ 10˝         174–208         209–277           278+
5´ 11˝          179–214           215–285          286+
6´ 0˝           184–220          221–293          294+
6´ 1˝            189–226          227–301          302+
6´ 2˝           194–232          233–310          311+
6´ 3˝           200–239         240–318          319+
6´ 4˝           205–245         246–327           28+
                      1 point            2 points          3 points
*If you weigh less than the amount
in the left column: 0 points

Once you have written down the points, add them all up. If you scored 5 or higher, then you are at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It is important to talk to your doctor if your score was high, and depending on your race, you may be at a higher risk. African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, Native

If you fear you are at risk for diabetes, call your doctor, and check your insulin.
If you fear you are at risk for diabetes, call your doctor, and check your insulin frequently.

Hawaiians, and Asian Americans are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes because it is most common among these races.

If you believe you are at high risk for diabetes, or even moderate risk, bring it up to your doctor. Get your blood sugar levels checked at the doctor’s office, and as often as you need to. There are different screenings and tests your doctor can run to make sure you are not at risk of developing diabetes. If you do have diabetes, or are a high risk, then your doctor can talk about treatment and prevention. Eat a well balanced diet, exercise 3-4 days a week, and watch your weight in order to avoid diabetes.

About The Author:
Cassandra Love

With over a decade of helpful content experience Cassandra has dedicated her career to making sure people have access to relevant, easy to understand, and valuable information. After realizing a huge knowledge gap Cassandra spent years researching and working with health insurance companies to create accessible guides and articles to walk anyone through every aspect of the insurance process.

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