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Healthy Living: Are You At Risk for Diabetes?1

Paulina Wittkowsky and Linda B. Bobroff2

Millions of Americans have diabetes—and do NOT even know it!

Take this quiz to see if you are at risk for diabetes.

Table 1. 

Read the statements below and write the appropriate score for each statement. Add up your points to find out your total score.

My Score

1. A health professional has told me that I am above a

healthy weight for my height.

Yes = 5

No = 0

______

2. I am under 65 years of age and I get little or no

physical activity (like walking, biking, or gardening)

during a usual day.

Yes = 5

No = 0

______

3. I am between 45 and 64 years of age.

Yes = 5

No = 0

______

4. I am age 65 or older.

Yes = 9

No = 0

______

5. I had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing more

than nine pounds at birth.

Yes = 1

No = 0

______

6. I have a sister or a brother with diabetes.

Yes = 1

No = 0

______

7. I have a parent with diabetes.

Yes = 1

No = 0

______

 

MY TOTAL SCORE

______

If you scored 3 to 9 points:

You are currently at low risk for diabetes. But don't just forget about it, especially if you are Hispanic, African-American, American Indian, Asian American, or if you have a family history of diabetes. Your risk may increase in the future.

If you scored 10 or more points:

You are at high risk for diabetes. A doctor can determine if you do have diabetes. So see a doctor soon and find out for sure.

Footnotes

1.

La versión en español de este documento es Vida Saludable:¿ Padecerá usted de la diabetes? (FCS8573-Span).This document is FCS8573, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published March 2000. Latest revision January 2011, minor revision November 2012. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/.

2.

Adapted from Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It? (American Diabetes Association) by Linda B. Bobroff, PhD, RD, LD/N, professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. Leaflet design by Paulina Wittkowsky, MS, RD, formerly with University of Florida.


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