Easy Finger Test to Diagnose Prediabetes

Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not to the level yet that you have true diabetes. 30% of people who have prediabetes, are going to go on within five years to develop type 2 diabetes!

Now a one-minute test will warn people whether they are pre-diabetic and thereby at risk of eventually developing type 2 diabetes, with a simple six-question quiz:

Pre-diabetes Question #1: Are you a man or a woman. Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed diabetes; one reason may be that they are less likely to see their doctor regularly. So if you are a man hold up one finger, zero if you are a woman.

Pre-diabetes Question #2:How old are you? The older you are the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you're over 60 hold up three fingers, over 50, hold up two fingers, over 40 hold up one finger.

Pre-diabetes Question #3: Are you physically active? Being inactive can raise your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you're inactive, just sitting on the couch all day, hold up one finger.

Pre-diabetes Question #4: Do you have a father, mother, sister or brother with diabetes? A family history of diabetes could contribute to your risk for type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes runs in your family hold up a finger.

Pre-diabetes Question #5: Have you ever been diagnosed for high blood pressure? Having high blood pressure contributes to your overall risk for type 2 diabetes. If you have high blood pressure, hold up one finger.

Pre-diabetes Question #6: What is your body type? Use the image in the video as a guide to assess how many fingers you should add to your count based on your body type.

Now, if you're holding up five or more fingers then you're at an increased risk for pre-diabetes.

The good news is that prediabetes often can be reversed, through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity.

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