More than five million Americans have diabetes but don't know it. As complications from diabetes can be serious, it's wise to know if you're at risk.
Take a look at the list below and see how many risk factors are true for you. If you answer "yes" to two or more of these questions, you are at risk and should talk to your healthcare provider about a blood test for diabetes.
- Do you have a family history of diabetes?
- Is your waist larger than 35 inches (for a woman) or 40 inches (for a man)?
- Do you have a low level of physical activity?
- Are you over 65 years old?
- Do you have a high triglyceride level?
- Do you have a low HDL cholesterol level and/or a high total cholesterol level?
- Do you have high blood pressure (greater than 140 over 90)?
- Do you have a history of vascular disease?
- Do you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
- Have you had gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy) or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9lbs?
- Is your ethnic background Native American, African, Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian or Indian? (These ethnic groups are at higher risk of developing diabetes.)