November is National Diabetes Month, intended to promote awareness of diabetes, a condition which affects 29 million Americans. Researchers have identified risk factors of those who are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
You could be if you:
- Are overweight
- Are not active
- Are age 45 or older
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby of more than 9 pounds
- Belong to these ethnic groups: Native American, African American, Hispanic, or Asian
Get your blood sugar checked regularly.
It is recommended that you have your blood sugar routinely checked if you have several of these risk factors. The follow values from fasting blood sugar tests are used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes:
126 mg/dl or higher
Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Any person with prediabetes can make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, including healthy nutrition, weight loss and increased physical activity.
The American Diabetes Association developed a test to determine type 2 risk, and it’s been adapted by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control as part of their National Diabetes Education Program.
Take the quiz to determine your risk.
Download the quiz here >>