A Test You'll Want to Take
March 25 is the 20th Anniversary of American Diabetes Alert Day. Through this one-day call to action, the American Diabetes Association highlights the diabetes crisis in the United States and encourages people to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
Major city structures, like skyscrapers, will be lit in red to bring attention to Alert Day. You can write to your mayor to petition for a proclamation declaring Diabetes Alert Day in your city.
Join in the fight by logging on to diabetes.org/alert to find out more about the disease and to send Alert Day e-cards and risk tests to friends and family. Or use the test below—you may be surprised by what you learn.
Take The Test
Give yourself points for each statement that is true for you:
1. I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth. (Yes: 1)
2. I have a sister or brother with diabetes. (Yes: 1)
3. I have a parent with diabetes. (Yes: 5)
4. My weight is equal to or above that listed below for my height. (Yes: 5)
5. I am under 65 years of age and I get little or no exercise. (Yes: 5)
6. I am between 45 and 64 years of age. (Yes: 5)
7. I am 65 years old or older. (Yes: 9)
How do you score?
10 or more points: You are at high risk for having diabetes. Only your health care provider can check to see if you have diabetes. See yours soon and find out for sure.
3–9 points: You are probably at low risk for having diabetes now. Keep your risk low by losing weight if you are overweight, being active most days, and eating low-fat meals that are high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
1–2 points: You have very little risk of having diabetes now. However, you should maintain regular check-ups with your health care provider, and watch for additional factors that could increase your risk, such as weight gain or pregnancy.