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Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, but one out
of three doesn’t know it. Diabetes is a silent disease. By
the time it is diagnosed, damage to arteries, eyes, nerves and kidneys
may have been going on for years. Take this quiz and see if you are
at risk for diabetes. Write down the points for each statement that
is true for you, then, add your score.
Are you more than 20 percent above your ideal body weight? (Yes -
I am under 65 years old and get little or no exercise in a usual
day. (Yes - 5)
I am 45 - 64 years old (Yes - 5)
I am 65 years or older (Yes - 9)
I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at
birth. (Yes - 1)
I have a sibling with diabetes (Yes- 1)
I have a parent with diabetes (Yes- 1)
3 - 9 points: You probably are at low risk for now, but you may be
at a higher risk in the future. New guidelines recommend that everyone
age 45 or older consider getting tested for the disease every three
9 or more: You could be at high risk. See your health care professional
soon and find out for sure. He or she can refer you to
Sarasota Memorial Diabetes Treatment Services.