Diabetes risk test

Discovering whether you are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes is as straightforward as taking the Diabetes Risk Test. By answering 10 simple questions, you can find out if you should book in for further assessment with your GP. Are you at risk?

You can take an interactive online test here, or simply answer the questions below and add up your score at the end.

Answer the following questions
Remember to keep a record of your score as you go.

Your age group

  • Under 35 years – 0 points
  • 35 – 44 years – 2 points
  • 45 – 54 years – 4 points
  • 55 – 64 years – 6 points
  • 65 years or over – 8 points

Your gender

  • Female – 0 points
  • Male – 3 points

Your ethnicity/country of birth:

Are you of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander or Maori descent?

  • No – 0 points
  • Yes – 2 points

Where were you born?

  • Australia – 0 points
  • Asia (including the Indian sub-continent), Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe – 2 points
  • Other – 0 points

Have either of your parents, or any of your brothers or sisters been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2)?

  • No – 0 points
  • Yes – 3 points

Have you ever been found to have high blood glucose (sugar) (for example, in a health examination, during an illness, during pregnancy)?

  • No – 0 points
  • Yes – 6 points

Are you currently taking medication for high blood pressure?

  • No – 0 points
  • Yes – 2 points

Do you currently smoke cigarettes or any other tobacco products on a daily basis?

  • No – 0 points
  • Yes – 2 points

How often do you eat vegetables or fruit?

  • Every day – 0 points
  • Not every day – 1 point

On average, would you say you do at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week (for example, 30 minutes a day on five or more days a week)?

  • Yes – 0 points
  • No – 2 points

Your waist measurement taken below the ribs (usually at the level of the navel, and while standing)
The correct place to measure your waist is halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone, roughly in line with your navel. Measure directly against your skin, breathe out normally, make sure the tape is snug, without compressing the skin. Make a note of your waist measurement and score as below.

For those of Asian or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent:

Men

  • Less than 90 cm – 0 points
  • 90 – 100 cm – 4 points
  • More than 100 cm – 7 points

Women

  • Less than 80 cm – 0 points
  • 80 – 90 cm – 4 points
  • More than 90 cm – 7 points

For all others (i.e. not of Asian or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent:)

Men

  • Less than 102 cm – 0 points
  • 102 – 110 cm – 4 points
  • More than 110 cm – 7 points

Women

  • Less than 88 cm – 0 points
  • 88 – 100 cm – 4 points
  • More than 100 cm – 7 points

Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years*
Check your total score against the three possible point ranges below.

Five or less: Low risk
If you scored five or less you are at low risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years – approximately one person in every 100 will develop type 2 diabetes.

Six – 11: Intermediate risk
If you scored six to 11 you are at intermediate risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years – for scores of six to 8, approximately one person in every 50 will develop diabetes. For scores of nine-11, approximately one person in every 30 will develop diabetes. Print this form and take it to your doctor. Discuss with the doctor your score and your individual risk. Improving your lifestyle may help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

12 or more: High risk
If you scored 12 or more you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years or you may have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. For scores of 12-15, approximately one person in every 14 will develop diabetes. For scores of 16 to 19, approximately one person in every seven will develop diabetes. For scores of 20 and above, approximately one person in every three will develop diabetes. Print this form and take it to your doctor. Ask your doctor about having a fasting blood glucose test. Act now to prevent type 2 diabetes.

*The overall score may overestimate the risk of diabetes in those aged less than 25 years.



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