How Much Do You Really Know About Diabetes? Take This Quiz!
The next time you’re walking through a mall or waiting in a checkout aisle at a grocery store, take a look around you. For every 10 people you see, one has diabetes. But even though the disease affects 29 million people in the United States there is still a lot of confusion around it.
The vast majority of adults with diabetes have type 2, which can impact the health of your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Over time, complications from the disease can be life-threatening. The good news: Type 2 diabetes is treatable and can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle that includes a portion-controlled nutritious diet and regular exercise. When it comes to reducing your risk for diabetes, knowledge is key. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about type 2 diabetes:
- Fill in the blanks. ______ (men/women) are more likely than ______ (men/women) to have undiagnosed diabetes.
- True or False? High blood pressure has nothing to do with your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- True or False? The younger you are, the higher your risk is for type 2 diabetes.
- True or False? The higher Body Mass Index (BMI) you have, the higher your risk for developing diabetes.
- Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed diabetes. One of the big reasons is that men are less likely to go to their doctor regularly. One out of every four people with diabetes doesn’t know it, and a simple blood test can determine if you’re at risk for the disease or already have it.
- If you’ve ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure, this could contribute to your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your risk level if you have high blood pressure.
- As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases.
- Being overweight or obese is one of the largest risk factors for type 2 diabetes. That’s why eating healthy and being active can delay onset of the disease or prevent it completely.