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5-Minute Test Uncovers Diabetes Threat

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 08:42 AM


Research validates a basic diabetes scoring system that lets you figure out your risk of acquiring the disease years in advance.

Answer 10 questions, then tally your diabetes risk score; if you’re at risk, take steps now to prevent the disease.

What’s your risk? The main benefit of this new scoring system is that it’s relatively simple to use. It’s so easy, in fact, with a little math you can take it at home, so long as you know whether you have high blood pressure and are able to measure your waist circumference and pulse rate.

It’s important to note that researchers have not confirmed the accuracy of the scoring system in predicting diabetes risk for people who are younger than 45, older than 64, or from a racial group other than white or black. The test also only applies to residents of the U.S. In other areas, where diets and genes are very different, this test might not be as effective.

Are you at risk for Type 2 diabetes? To find out, answer these 10 questions:

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