Why You Should Take This Assessment
As of 2015, over 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. One out of four people does not know that they have it. Diabetes is defined by high levels of sugar in the blood. This occurs when your body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that lowers your blood sugar.
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious long-term health problems. These include stroke and diseases of the heart, kidney, eye, nerves, and feet.
This Diabetes Assessment is for adults age 20 and older. It serves several purposes. If you don't have diabetes, the assessment will help you understand your risk of getting diabetes in the future. If you aren't sure whether or not you have diabetes now, it will help you better understand the likelihood, including symptoms and how you can be tested for diabetes. Finally, if you already know that you have diabetes, this assessment can help you manage your diabetes and control your blood sugars. Studies are clear that the better controlled your blood sugar, the less likely you are to develop complications of diabetes.
How Much Time This Assessment Will Take
How to Prepare for This Assessment
Before starting the assessment, you should gather the following information if you have it:
- Family history of diabetes
- Your most recent fasting blood sugar
- Your most recent HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c--a diabetes-related blood test)
You can still benefit from this assessment, however, even if you don't have this information.
What You'll Get at the End of the Assessment
- An explanation of your important risks
- Recommended action steps for reducing your risks
- Links to additional reading
Privacy Note: The assessment tool is not intended for shared or public computers. Read More.
|Reviewed By:||David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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