Prediabetes and the One Minute Quiz to Assess Your Risk

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A new one minute quiz can let you see if you have a high risk for developing prediabetes.  More than one in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes. Only 10% know they have this disease. (All image credit: Thinkstock)

Prediabetes can be reversed

Lifestyle changes including weight loss, swapping out refined high sugar foods for nutrient-dense foods, exercise and reducing stress can all help to reverse of limit prediabetes.  Unfortunately, 30% of people with untreated prediabetes will develop diabetes.

New online prediabetes quiz

This new one minute online quiz is backed by the government and its part of a new public service campaign that aims to increase awareness about prediabetes, so individuals can take action.

You or someone you know likely has the disease

It’s likely that you, a relative, a friend or a co-worker has the disease, which is typically silent in its early stages.  Chronically high blood sugar can damage your nerves, blood vessels, and certain organs.  It can also lead to more serious health issues.

Taking the prediabetes quiz

You can go online to take the quiz or text “RISKTEST” to 97779.  The quiz will ask you to answer seven questions, and ask your gender, age, and family health history.  You then get a score.

Interpreting the score

Once you finish the quiz you get a score that ranges from 0 – 10.  A score of five or higher suggests you likely have prediabetes, and recommends that you take the next step – to see your doctor for further evaluation.

What's next

Your doctor will likely have you undergo additional testing, likely including a fasting blood sugar test, an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and an A1C test to see if you have prediabetes or full blown diabetes.

Interpreting the results

According to the American Diabetes Association, you likely have prediabetes if:

  • A1C is 5.7% to 6.4%
  • You have a fasting blood sugar between 100mg/dl and 125 mg/dl
  • You have an OGTT result between 140 mg/dl and 199 mg/dl

A wake up call

This quiz is an easily accessible, free and private way to learn if you have prediabetes.  Abnormal results should inspire you to then consult with a doctor, get a full assessment, and change your lifestyle.  Use this wakeup call to alert you to a disease that does responds to lifestyle change.