Do you know over 6 million people have Type 2 diabetes and donít know it? What can you do to help them and yourself? The National Institutes of Health recommends anyone over 45 years or older should consider getting tested for diabetes. If you are overweight or obese itís is highly recommended you get test. Do see if you have any risk factors take the following easy test.
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Screening Quiz from the American Diabetes Association.
Please answer yes or no to the questions.
Q: I am overweight or obese.
Q: I have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
Q: My family background is African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino.
Q: I have had gestational diabetes, or I gave birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
Q. Iím fairly inactive and exercise less than 3 times a week.
Q: My cholesterol levels are not normal. My HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) is 35 or lower, or my triglyceride level is 250 or higher.
Q: My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or I have been told that I have high blood pressure.
If you answered 1 items out of 7 "Yes", then according to The National Institutes of Health, one or more yes answers indicates that you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes. This test cannot be a substitute for a visit to a qualified physician or healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor about your specific diabetes testing needs.
If you answered yes all you have to do is go to your doctor and tell him you would like a fasting blood glucose, glucose tolerance or A1C test. Remember you are responsible for your health and demand this test from your physician.