Dr Oz: Do You Have Diabetes & Don’t Know It?

Did you know that one-third of adults in the US are pre-Diabetic? Dr Oz said that is a large number, but only a few of that percentage have been diagnosed. Assess your Type 2 Diabetes Risk now.

Dr Oz said that 90% of adults who have pre-Diabetes do not have a diagnosis. Pharmacist Heidi Helker from Walgreens joined Dr Oz to speak about this condition, in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet within a Diabetic range. “Knowing your risk for diabetes is important, because oftentimes you won’t have any symptoms," she said.

Take this quick quiz to assess your own risk and see whether there is anything you should do to improve your health.

Dr Oz: Diabetes Age Risk

Dr Oz: Do You Have Diabetes & Don’t Know It? Type 2 Test + Questions

Do you have Diabetes and don’t know it? Dr Oz said that 90% of patients who are pre-Diabetic don’t know their risk. Take this quick test to check yourself.

How old are you?

  • 40-49 Years – 1 point
  • 50-50 Years – 2 points
  • 60 or Older – 3 points

Dr Oz: Diabetes Gender Risk

Are you a man or a woman?

  • Man – 1 point
  • Woman – 0 points

Dr Oz: Gestational Diabetes Risk Factor

Have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?

  • Yes – 1 point
  • No – 0 points

Dr Oz: Immediate Family Diabetes Risk

Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with Diabetes?

  • Yes – 1 point
  • No – 0 points

Dr Oz: Blood Pressure & Diabetes

Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?

  • Yes – 1 point
  • No – 0 points

Dr Oz: Physical Activity + Diabetes

Are you physically active?

  • Yes – 0 points
  • No – 1 point

Helker said that cells in active bodies are more sensitive and responsive to insulin, reducing blood glucose levels.

Dr Oz: Weight Diabetes Risk

What is your weight status? This is calculated based on your height and weight compared to what is considered average. Use this chart from the American Diabetes Association.

Dr Oz: Diabetes Quiz Results

Add up all the points from your quiz. If you scored a 5 or higher on the test, Dr Oz said you have an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Helker said you should check in with your doctor for further testing.

You could check at your pharmacy to see if they offer free blood glucose testing. There are also steps you can take to lower your risk.

Losing 5-7% of your body weight and adding 20 minutes of daily physical activity could lower your risk by 58%, according to research.

Dr Oz: Do I Need Insulin? When To Check Blood Sugar

Do you have to take insulin if you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? According to Helker, your treatment will be individualized depending on your specific needs, which may not necessarily include Insulin. Ask questions to understand more and be comfortable with your health status.

The best time to check your blood glucose after a meal is one to two hours later. Your target range before a meal is 70-130, and one or two hours after starting a meal, your level should be below 180.

A bus driver wondered how her circulation will be affected with a Diabetes diagnosis. Heidi’s advice was to manage blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as quitting smoking and adding physical activity, such as foot exercises. Move your ankle up and down or in a circle, or try wiggling your toes. Just a few minutes per day can help.

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