Diabetes Quiz

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Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment

Waist circumference measured below the ribs

(usually at the level of the navel)

Total Risk Score

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years is...
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What does this mean? See Quiz Key below for more information.
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Quiz Key

After completing the quiz, please see your corresponding number

7 Lower Than

Low Risk - An estimated 1 in 100 will develop disease

7-11

Slightly Elevated Risk - An estimated 1 in 25 will develop disease

12-14

Moderate Risk - An estimated 1 in 6 will develop disease

15-20

High Risk - An estimated 1 in 3 will develop disease

20 Higher Than

Very High Risk - An estimated 1 in 3 will develop disease

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES?

You can’t do anything about your age or your genetic predisposition. On the other hand, the rest of the factors predisposing to diabetes, such as overweightness, abdominal obesity, sedentary lifestyle, eating habits and smoking, are up to you. Your lifestyle choices can completely prevent type 2 diabetes or at least delay its onset until a much greater age.

If there is diabetes in your family, you should be careful not to put on weight over the years. Growth of the waistline, in particular, increases the risk of diabetes, whereas regular moderate physical activity will lower the risk. You should also pay attention to your diet: make sure to eat plenty of fiber rich foods every day. Omit excess hard fats from your diet and favor soft vegetable fats.

Early stages of type 2 diabetes seldom cause any symptoms. If you scored 12–14 points in the Risk Test, you would be well advised to seriously consider your physical activity and eating habits and pay attention to your weight, to prevent yourself from developing diabetes. Please contact us or your primary care physician for further guidance and tests.

If you scored 15 points or more in the Risk Test, you should have your blood glucose measured (both fasting value and value after a dose of glucose or a meal) to determine if you have diabetes without symptoms.

BODY MASS INDEX

The body mass index is used to assess whether a person is normal weight or not. The index is calculated by dividing body weight by the square of body height. BMI is your weight (in kilograms) over your height squared (in centimeters). Let’s calculate, however, using pounds and inches.

If your body-mass index is 25–30, you will benefit from losing weight; at least you should take care that your weight doesn’t increase beyond this. If your body-mass index is higher than 30, the adverse health effects of obesity will start to show, and it will be essential to lose weight.

For instance, the BMI of a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is calculated as follows:

    1. Multiply the weight in pounds by 0.45 (the metric conversion factor125 x 0.45 = 56.25 kg
    2. Multiply the height in  inches by 0.025 (the metric conversion factor)63 x 0.025= 1.575 m
    3. Square the answer from step 2.1.575 x 1.575 = 2.480625
    4. Divide the answer from step 1 by step 356.25/2.480625 = 22.7

So, this person’s BMI is approximately 23.

Body Mass Index Chart

 

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