What is the diabetes risk test?

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Yariela Enriquez, MD
Internal Medicine
The diabetes risk test asks simple questions to arrive at a score of 1 to 10. The closer to a 10 you get, the higher the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In the case of this test, the lower the score, the better.

The test asks questions pertaining to any family history of diabetes, your age, gender and body mass index (BMI), which is tied to your weight and height. The risk test also asks if you’re physically active -- since being inactive can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Many people don’t even know they are prediabetic unless they go in for regular checkups and blood tests. For these people, blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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