What does your score mean?
If you scored a 5 or higher...
You have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes. However, only your doctor can tell for sure if you do have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Prediabetes means that your blood sugars are higher than normal, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. If you're diagnosed with prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take steps to reverse it. It's scientifically proven, and it works.
How your test is scored
Points for each risk factor below were added up to calculate your score. For example, if you answered yes to the question “Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?” you scored 1 point for Family History. If you answered no to the question “Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?” you scored 0 points for High Blood Pressure, and so on for all the risk factors. A total of 5 points or higher is considered high risk for having prediabetes.
How old are you?
You are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes the older you are.
Are you a man or woman?
Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed diabetes; one reason may be that they are less likely to see their doctor regularly.
Have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It goes away after pregnancy, but women who have gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?
A family history of diabetes could contribute to your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
Having high blood pressure contributes to your overall risk for type 2 diabetes.
Are you physically active?
Being inactive can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Body mass index or BMI is a measure of height compared to weight. For example, a person who is 5’3” and weighs 120 pounds has a BMI of 21 and is in the normal range. People with higher BMIs have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.
Risk Test adapted from the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.