The bodies of diabetics cannot properly process glucose due to a lack of, or a resistance to, a hormone called insulin. Without insulin the body cannot properly extract glucose from the blood, and even though blood sugar is elevated, glucose production does not cease because certain cells do not receive the energy and nutrition from the unprocessed sugar. This can have serious ramifications.
If the symptoms of diabetes are not recognized and treated properly, they can result in long-term health consequences which not only hinder everyday activities, but can even endanger lives through serious cardiovascular diseases, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, damage to the legs and feet, skin and oral diseases, and osteoporosis.
Take our diabetes test, and find out whether or not you are at risk for the disease based on your answers.
1. How old are you?
younger than 25
between 25 and 40 years
older than 40
2. What is your BMI? [Body Mass Index – Click here for details]
under 25 (average weight)
between 25-30 (slightly overweight)
over 30 (obese)
3. Is there a history of diabetes in your family?
Diabetes occurred in my extended family (grandparents, uncles, cousins)
Yes, diabetes is/was present in my direct family (parents, siblings, children)
4. Do you often experience sudden, extreme cravings?
It happens on occasion, but I rarely eat sweets or large portions at times like these
Yes, and I tend to eat large doses of sugar when I experience a hunger-attack
5. Do you feel tired very often?
In general, I tend to be quite energetic
Sometimes I feel tired
- I feel exhausted constantly
6. Do you have blurred vision?
Sometimes my vision gets blurry
- I frequently suffer from blurred vision, and have difficulty reading
7. Do you consistently feel thirsty?
- Yes, all the time
8. Do you have to visit the bathroom during the night?
- Yes, I have to go several times
9. Do you exercise?
I don’t always make time for sports, but I walk for at least 30 minutes a day
I exercise vigorously two three times a week
I do not exercise, and I use public transportation or a car to get to work
If your answers were mostly (1), based on our test, your chances of currently living with type two diabetes are very low. However, your risk may increase as you age, particularly if you gain weight. Get to know the symptoms of the disease, so that you can recognize them early on, and seek medical attention before they cause lasting problems.
If you gave several (2) or (3) responses, you appear to have symptoms that may indicate diabetes. If your symptoms do not cease, you should consult your physician.
If your answers were mostly (3), based on your symptoms, your likelihood of diabetes is very high. Serious medical repercussions may develop if you ignore your symptoms, you should turn to a physician immediately.
If you or someone you know is concerned about diabetes, FirstMed’s general practitioner and diabetologist, Dr. Ágnes Hegedűs, is ready to consult with you regarding your condition. Call FirstMed for an appointment.