October 30, 2014

New test helps check Diabetes risk

The American Diabetes Association is making a new push for people to take a test that can help them better understand their chances of developing the disorder.

The CDC estimates that just over 7 percent of Wisconsin’s population has some form of diabetes. However, Geralyn Spollet with the American Diabetes Association says millions of people in the U.S. don’t even know they have the disease yet. That’s largely because Type-2 Diabetes, unlike Type-1, develops much later in life and is often slow to have a noticeable effect on a person’s health.

The Association is offering a new risk assessment test to help people understand their chances of developing the disorder. By answering a series of questions and then scoring the test, you can gain a better understanding of what lifestyle changes you may need to make.

If you come up with five points or more, Spollett says you have a higher risk of developing the disorder. She says you should talk to your doctor about monitoring for the disease.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:03)