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Diabetes Risk Assessment
Prediabetes is a serious condition affecting 1 out of 3 American adults—that’s 86 million people!
Prediabetes means a person’s blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are on the road to develop type 2 diabetes within several years, and are also at increased risk for serious health problems, such as stroke and heart disease.
There are some prediabetes risks you can’t control, like age and family history. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk, such as increased physical activity and weight loss. And making these lifestyle changes can also help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
If you or someone you know, suspect being at risk for diabetes, there are assessment questions you should take.
Prediabetes in 7 Questions
- How old are you?
- Are you a man or a woman?
- If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
- Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
- Are you physically active?
- What is your weight status?
Adults who have diabetes have a 50 percent higher risk of death than those who do not. People who have diabetes are at higher risk of serious health complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of toes, feet or legs.
Content for this article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.