Diabetes Assessment

Please read each statement, then keep a tally of each one that is true for you. When you are done, add the points to get your total score.

If you are of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander descent, pay special attention because diabetes is more common in these ethnic groups.

  Points
1. My weight is equal to or above that listed for my height in the weight chart shown below. +5
2. I am under 65 years of age and get little or no exercise during a usual day. +5
3. I am between 45 and 64 years of age. +5
4. I am 65 years of age or older. +9
5. I am a woman who has had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth. +1
6. I have a sister or brother with diabetes. +1
7. I have a parent with diabetes. +1

Your total points
If you scored 10 or more points, you are at high risk for having diabetes and should visit your doctor to be tested. You should also be aware of the warning signs. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Frequent urination or excessive thirst
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Tingling in the toes or feet

One symptom alone may not suggest the disease, but when two or more symptoms are combined, testing is recommended.

If you scored 3-9 points, you are probably at low risk for having diabetes. However, new guidelines recommend everyone age 45 and over consider being tested for the disease every three years. If you are at high risk, you should consider being tested at a younger age.

WEIGHT CHART
Height & Weight (in pounds) without shoes and clothing:

Height Weight Height Weight

4'10"

129

5'7"

172

4'11"

133

5'8"

177

5'0"

138

5'9"

182

5'1"

143

5'10"

188

5'2"

147

5'11"

193

5'3"

152

6'0"

199

5'4"

157

6'1"

204

5'5"

162

6'2"

210

5'6"

167

6'3"

216

 

 

6'4"

221

The weight chart is based on a measure called the Body Mass Index (BMI). The chart shows unhealthy weights for men and women age 35 or older at the listed heights. At-risk weights are lower for individuals under the age of 35.

Learn More, Be Prepared
Whether you are at high or low risk for diabetes, finding out more about the disease could someday help you or someone you love. For more information on the symptoms and treatment of diabetes, please call us at (800) 443-1143 ext. 6700.