Quiz: are you at risk of type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas is not producing enough insulin and the insulin is not working effectively.

Lifestyle factors such as unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Sometimes symptoms go unnoticed as the disease develops gradually. Symptoms can include excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and fatigue, irritability, plus blurred vision, skin infections, slow healing, tingling and numbness in the feet. Sometimes no symptoms are noticed at all.

Take a couple of minutes to answer these 10 questions to see if you may be at increased risk of diabetes.

1. Are you over 45 and overweight?
2. Are you over 45 with high blood pressure?
3. Are you over 45 and have a family member with type 2 diabetes?
4. Have you suffered with heart disease or a stroke?
5. Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander over the age of 35?
6. Are you over 35 and of Pacific Islander, Chinese or Indian sub continent descent?
7. Do you have polycystic ovary syndrome and are overweight?
8. Are you over 65?
9. Have you had a raised or borderline high blood glucose test?
10. Have you ever had high blood glucose levels whilst pregnant or gestational diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Don’t delay talking to your GP about diabetes prevention, screening and early detection.

For more information visit Diabetes Australia.

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