1.5 million Canadians have diabetes - and nearly one out of three doesn't even know it! Take this test to see if you are at risk for having diabetes. Diabetes is more common in African- Canadians, Latinos, Natives, and Asian Canadians. If you are a member of one of these ethnic groups, you need to pay special attention to this test.
DIABETES RISK TEST
(PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION)
To find out if you are at risk, write in the points next to each statement that is true for you. If a statement is not true, write a zero. Then add all the points to get your total score.
|My weight is equal to or above that listed in the chart below?
|I am under 65 years of age and I get little or no exercise during a usual day?
|I am between 45 and 64 years of age?
|I am 65 years old or older?
|I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth?
|I have a sister or brother with diabetes?
|I have a parent with diabetes?
Scoring 3-9 points:
You are probably at low risk for having diabetes now. But don't just forget about it -- especially if you are Hispanic/Latino, African American, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander. You may be at higher risk in the future. New guidelines recommend everyone age 45 and over consider being tested for the disease every three years. However, people at high risk should consider being tested at a younger age.
Scoring 10 or more points:
You are at& high risk& for having diabetes. Only your health care provider can determine if you have diabetes. See your health care provider soon and find out for sure.
If you weigh the same or more than the amount listed for your height, you may be at risk for diabetes. The chart shows unhealthy weights for men and women age 35 or older at the listed heights. At-risk weights are lower for individuals under age 35.
Diabetes Facts You Should Know:
Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, and amputations.
Some people with diabetes exhibit symptoms, some do not. If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss