Do I have diabetes

How do I Know if I am a Diabetic?

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

Diabetes is a condition that involves your body being unable to produce or use its insulin supply, so extra glucose ends up in your blood stream. There can be some very serious illnesses that may arise if your diabetes goes unchecked. However, having diabetes is not the end of the world. Through a healthy diet and proper exercise, you can live a perfectly normal and active lifestyle!

It is very important that you know if you have the disease or not. We have provided 9 simple questions below that simply help you determine if you have risk factors that may lead to diabetes.

1. Are you male?

Yes

No

2. Are you older than 45? 

Yes

No

3. Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother that has diabetes? 

Yes

No

4. Find your height and current weight using the chart below. If your current weight equal to, or greater than, the weight listed in the chart, circle Yes.If your current weight is less than the weight listed, circle No.

Yes

No

5. Do you have high blood pressure?

Yes

No

6. Do you have high cholesterol levels?

Yes

No

7. Are you of Hispanic/Latino, African American, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander decent? 

Yes

No

8. Did you have a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds at birth, or have diabetes during any pregnancy?

Yes

No

9. Are you physically inactive (do not currently exercise, or exercise less than 3 times a week)?

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, you have one or more risk factors for pre-diabetes or diabetes.

If you answered “YES” to 4 or more of the questions above, you should contact a physician and schedule an appointment. If you are already a diabetic, be sure to regularly check your blood glucose levels using the diabetes testing supplies, including test strips, glucose meters, and lancets, that work best for you.

If after taking this test you think you might have diabetes, or already know you have diabetes, it’s a good idea to asses your diabetes knowledge because education plays a major role in diabetes management and control.

 

Chart for question number 4 in section A

Height

Weight (lbs)

4’10”

119

4’11”

124

5’0”

128

5’1”

132

5’2”

136

5’3”

141

5’4”

145

5’5”

150

5’6”

155

5’7”

159

5’8”

164

5’9”

169

5’10”

174

5’ 11”

179

6’0”

184

6’1”

189

6’2”

194

6’3”

200

6’4”

205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-14-2014, 3:00 PM

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