Diabetes is a serious disease. It can cause heart attack or stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet or legs. But diabetes can be controlled. You can reduce or avoid these health problems. Take the first step. Find out if you are at high risk.
At Risk Weight Chart
4'10 123 5'8 177 4'11 133 5'9 182 5'0 138 5'10 188 5'1 143 5'11 193 5'2 147 6'0 199 5'3 152 6'1 204 5'4 157 6'2 210 5'5 162 6'3 216 5'6 167 6'4 221 5'7 172
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more tahn 9 pounds at birth? 1 0 Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes? 1 0 Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0 Find your height on the chart. do you weigh as much or more than the weight listed for your height? (see chart below) 5 0 Are you under 65 years old and get little or no exercise in a typical day? 5 0 Are you between 45 and 64 years old? 5 0 Are you 65 years old or older? 9 0
These questions are from the American Diabetes Association's "Diabetes Risk Test."
|If you score . . .||then your risk is . . .|
|10 or more points||High for having diabetes now. Please bring this form to your health care provider soon. If you don't have insurance and can't afford a visit to your provider, contact your local health department.|
|3 to 9 points||Probably low for having diabetes now. Keep your risk low. If you’re overweight, lose weight. Be active most days, and don’t use tobacco. Eat low-fat meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, talk to your health care provider about your risk for diabetes.|
|If you have . . .||then do this . . .|
|Individual or group private health insurance||See your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, ask your insurance company about providers who take your insurance. Deductibles and co-pays will apply.|
|Medicaid||See your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, contact a state Medicaid office or contact your local health department.|
|Medicare||See your health care provider. Medicare will pay the cost if the provider has a reason for testing. If you don’t have a provider, contact your local health department.|
|No insurance||Contact your local health department for more information about where you could be tested or call your local health clinic.|