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Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

The questions in this assessment ask about risk factors. These are conditions that may put you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that the more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop diabetes. This tool can tell you only about your likelihood to develop type 2 diabetes. It cannot tell you definitely whether or not you will develop diabetes.

1. Are you 45 years old or older?
2. Height
3. Weight
4. Are you
5. Do either of your natural parents, or any of your blood-related brothers or sisters, have diabetes?
6. Are you sedentary?
7. Is your family background African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino?
8. Have you ever been told that you had “impaired glucose tolerance (IGT),” or “impaired fasting glucose (IFG)”? (A glucose tolerance test measures your blood sugar 2 hours after ingesting a standard amount of glucose. A fasting glucose test measures your blood glucose after you have gone at least 8t hours without eating. If you had one of these tests, and it showed your blood sugar was high, you may have been told that you have “prediabetes.”)
9. Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
10. Have you ever been told that your HDL ("good") cholesterol was too low (35 mg/dl or lower) or that your triglyceride level was too high (250 mg/dl or more)?

This assessment is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.

Publication Source: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - 2013. American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2013; 36:s11-s66.
Author: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
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Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Brown, Kim, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 4/23/2015
Date Last Modified: 4/29/2015