Nov 07, 2017

Could you be prediabetic?

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Take this assessment to find out

Prediabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Many people who have prediabetes don’t even know it. Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and loss of lower limbs. Lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay prediabetes from turning into diabetes. Take the first step — find out your risk!

Risk assessment

Answer these simple questions. For each “yes” answer, add the number of points listed. All “no” answers have zero points.

  1. Have you given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds? (Yes = 1, No = 0)
  2. Do you have a sibling with diabetes? (Yes = 1, No = 0)
  3. Do you have a parent with diabetes? (Yes = 1, No = 0)
  4. Find your height on the chart below. Do you weigh as much or more than the weight listed for your height? (Yes = 5, No = 0)
  5. Are you younger than 65 and get little to no exercise? (Yes = 5, No = 0)
  6. Are you between 45 and 64 years old? (Yes = 5, No = 0)
  7. Are you over 65? (Yes = 9, No = 0)

Check your score

3 to 8 points: Your risk for having prediabetes is probably low. To keep your risk low, maintain a healthy weight, get exercise and don’t use tobacco. Eating low-fat meals with fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods also can reduce your risk. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

9 or more points: Your risk for having prediabetes is high. Please make an appointment soon with your doctor to talk about lifestyle changes, possible medications and get advice on how to avoid or even potentially reverse this condition.

How to get tested for diabetes

See your healthcare provider.

click here to download the assessment



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