Take this quick, 2-minute quiz to find out if your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The key risk factors for diabetes include age, gender, past history of gestational diabetes, close relatives with diabetes, history of other chronic conditions like high blood pressure, exercise and body-mass index.
If you’re at high risk of developing diabetes, here’s what you should do:
1. See your doctor and ask for a simple screening blood test to check if you have diabetes (if you haven’t had one in the past year).
2. Aim for a healthy weight (BMI < 22.5 for Asians, BMI < 25 for non-Asians). Make meaningful changes to your eating habits – increase your fruit and vegetable intake, and reduce fatty foods.
3. Increase your physical activity. Exercising regularly will help keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a healthy range. Even simple exercises, likely brisk walking, go a long way. Aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week.
The good news? Type 2 diabetes is preventable, if you take the right action! Now that you know you’re at-risk, you should start making the right changes to your life. A dietitian can work with you to do this, but you may not have time to see her in the clinic every week. Knowing exactly what you can eat, how much you can eat, can be exhausting and a lot of “guess work”.
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Please share this quiz with your friends and relatives whom you’re worried about.
(This online quiz is adapted from a research study published by Bang et al. in the Annals of Internal Medicine: A patient self-assessment diabetes screening score.)