Diabetes: Are You at Risk? Take This Test

By Martin Brown

fitAccording to diabetes research and trends, some 60 million U.S. adults are estimated to have diabetes.

This includes cases that have been diagnosed already, undiagnosed diabetes, and prediabetes.

And guess what?  Some thirty percent of of diabetes patients have yet to be diagnosed.

So, how do you know if you’re at risk?

How you answer these six simple questions, first published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, uses a point system that takes into account your gender, age, lifestyle and health history, then assigns a score out of a possible maximum of 10 points) will tell you if it’s something you have to bring up to your doctor:

1. Are you female? (If you’re reading this column, I’m guessing that answer is yes…) If so, great news! You’re first answer gives you a zero, whereas men have to put down a point.

2. Are you overweight? If your body mass index (BMI) is under 25, great, another zero. However, if the number is 25.9 to 30, you’re overweight, so give yourself 1 point. If it’s over 30, you’re obese, so add 3 points.

3. Are you over sixty years of age? If so, give yourself 3 points. However, under 40 and have zero points, where as someone 40 or over gets a point, and 50 or over gets 2 points. Do you see a pattern here?

4. Do you exercise? If your answer is no, give yourself a zero. Hey, great news:  If it’s yes, subtract 1 point from you total.

5. Do you have high blood pressure, or relatives who have diabetes? That’s another point…

6. Does diabetes run in your family? If so, pile on yet another point.

Now for the results:

If you score 3 or lower, breathe a sigh of relief — and keep up the great work. All your diet and exercise is paying off.

A 4, however, means you’re in a high risk for prediabetes. And a 5 or greater means you may already have diabetes, even if it’s yet to be diagnosed.