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Archive for Friday, January 29, 2010

Who’s at risk for diabetes?

January 29, 2010

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In December, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a new screening that patients can use to see if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Answer and score the six questions below to find out if you are. Those who score high are recommended to see a doctor for a blood sugar test.

1. How old are you?

40 or younger (0 point)

40 to 49 (1 point)

50 to 59 (2 points)

60 or older (3 points)

2. Are you a woman or a man?

Woman (0 point)

Man (1 point)

3. Do your family members (parent or sibling) have diabetes?

No (0 point)

Yes (1 point)

4. Do you have high blood pressure or are you on medication for high blood pressure?

No (0 point)

Yes (1 point)

5. Are you overweight or obese? For reference, check the Body Mass Index chart.

Not overweight (0 point)

Overweight (1 point)

Obese (2 points)

Extremely obese (3 points)

6. Are you physically active?

No (0 point)

Yes (minus 1 point)

If your score is more than 4, you are at risk for undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes.

If your score is more than 5, you are at risk for undiagnosed diabetes.

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