A simple way to find out “How likely are you to develop diabetes?”

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A simple way to find out “How likely are you to develop diabetes?”

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Diabetes is increasing exponentially & we all need to be aware of our risk of developing the disease.

Nine out of 10 cases of Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity. We’ve all heard how being overweight can make us a target, but it’s not the only factor.

Answer these questions, add up your points and see if your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is low, moderate or high so you can get help before it’s a problem

Are you…
Female 1pt
Or male 2pts

According to a study, men aged 35-54 are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes

2: AGE
Are you….
Under 49 1pt
50-59 2pts
60-69 3pts
70+ 4pts

Over-50s are more at risk. Scientists believe it’s because as cells age, the mitochondria (their power plants) stops absorbing insulin as well as before

Measure around your waist in inches. Is it…
Under 35.3in 1pt
35.4-39.3 2pts
39.4-42.9 3pts
Over 43 4pts

Fat around the tummy releases chemicals that can upset the body’s systems. Women with a waist of more than 31.5 inches (80 cm) are at high risk; for men it’s more than 35 inches (90 cms)


It is calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters square.

Is it…
Under 25 1pt
25 – 29.9 2pts
30 – 34.9 3pts
Over 35 4pts
Being overweight or obese puts you at higher risk. Research suggests anyone with a BMI above 30 is particularly at risk. The obese are seven times more likely than someone with a healthy BMI to develop Type 2 diabetes because fat cells make hormones that reduce insulin’s effects. Reducing your body weight by just 5% could cut your risk by more than 50%

What’s your ethnicity?
White European 1pt
Non-white 2pts
Africans, South Asians and Chinese are most at risk — people from South Asian communities can be six times more likely to get diabetes

Does one of your parents, siblings or children have diabetes?
No 1pt
Yes 2pts
We share genetic flaws with our close family. A child who has a parent with Type 2 diabetes has about a one in three chance of developing it.

Have you ever had high blood pressure?
No 1pt
Yes 2pts
Almost half of diabetes sufferers have high blood pressure. This can also lead to a higher risk of stroke and kidney failure.

Have you had gestational diabetes – the type which can affect you while you’re pregnant?
No: 1pt
Yes: 2pts
Pregnancy can make the level of glucose in the blood soar as the body adjusts to its new state and can’t produce enough insulin. Around 18 in every 100 pregnant women get gestational diabetes. It goes away after birth, but you are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life

Have you ever given birth to a baby over 10lbs?
No: 1pt
Yes: 2pts
Women, who give birth to bigger babies, are more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes

Do you suffer from a severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar illness?
No: 1pt
Yes: 2pts
Researchers have yet to pinpoint the link with Type 2 diabetes, but statistics show there is one. Some treatments for bipolar conditions can also raise your risk

How did you score? The total points from your answers tell you the following:

Under 14 points: You’re at low risk.

Between 14-19 points: You’re at moderate risk. Keep an eye on the risk factors.

More than 20 points: You are typically at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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