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Diabetes Risk Assessment

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes means that your blood sugar is too high. Your blood always has some sugar in it because the body needs sugar for energy to keep you going. But too much sugar in the blood is not good for your health.

Who's at Risk for Diabetes?

Your risk for diabetes goes up as you get older, gain too much weight, or if you do not stay active. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Having high blood pressure (at or above 140/90)
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes during pregnancy or having a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth
  • Weighing the same or more than the amount listed for your height in the chart below:

*At-Risk Weight Chart
*Body Mass Index
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4' 10" 129 lbs.
4' 11" 133 lbs.
5' 0" 138 lbs.
5' 1" 143 lbs.
5' 2" 147 lbs.
5' 3" 152 lbs.
5' 4" 157 lbs.
5' 5" 162 lbs.
5' 6" 167 lbs.
5' 7" 172 lbs.
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5' 8" 177 lbs.
5' 9" 182 lbs.
5' 10" 188 lbs.
5' 11" 193 lbs.
6' 0" 199 lbs.
6' 1" 204 lbs.
6' 2" 210 lbs.
6' 3" 216 lbs.
6' 4" 221 lbs.

What Can You Do?

You can do things now to lower your risk for diabetes by:

  • Keeping your weight in control
  • Staying active most days of the week
  • Eating low fat meals that are high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods

Don't Wait for Signs

However, if you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away:

  • Being very thirsty
  • Urinating often
  • Losing weight without trying

Are You at Risk?
Take the Test. Know Your Score.

Find out if you are at risk for having diabetes NOW. Check each statement that is true for you, then click Submit.

I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth
I have a sister or brother with diabetes
I have a parent with diabetes
My weight is equal to or above that listed in the chart above
I am under 65 years of age and I get little or no exercise
I am between 45 and 64 years of age
I am 65 years old or older