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Diabetes - Are you at risk?

Diabetes is a medical condition in which your body does not make insulin or has a reduced response to insulin. Diabetes causes your sugar level to be too high which is not good for your health.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Blurry vision
  • Being very thirsty
  • Losing weight
  • Being very hungry
  • More tired than usual
  • Being irritable

While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show overt warning signs that they have developed the disease. Unfortunately, many do not know they have diabetes until they have developed one or more of its serious complications.

Who is at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes?
There are a number of things that can increase your risk of having pre-diabetes or diabetes. Some of the most common risk factors are:

  • Age over 45
  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Race or ethnic background (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American)
  • Low physical activity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy

Are you at risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes? Find out your risk for type 2 diabetes with our diabetes risk calculator.

This Type 2 Diabetes risk assessment has been adapted from Bang et al., Ann Intern Med 151:775–783, 2009. Original algorithm was validated without gestational diabetes as part of the model.