Am I at risk of pre-diabetes?
Answering these questions can help you work out if you’re at risk of of pre-diabetes:
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you overweight?
If you are above your healthy weight range, your risk of developing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes can double. If you are obese the risk increases by four.
- Do you lead a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle?
- Do you have high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, or high total cholesterol?
- Do you have heart disease, or have you had a heart attack?
- Have you had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or did you give birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kg)?
- Do you have polycystic ovarian syndrome?
- Are you of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Island, Asian and/or Indian heritage?
- Does someone in your family have type 2 diabetes?
- Do you have a family history of type 2 diabetes or heart disease?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you could be at risk of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
What to do:
If you think you may be at risk of pre-diabetes, it’s important to talk to your doctor about it at your next visit.
If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes it is likely that you will develop type 2 diabetes within five to 10 years. Research has shown you can reduce that risk by making lifestyle changes that include regular physical activity and healthy eating.
For more information, talk to your GP or call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.