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Official Pointing System Adapted from the American Diabetes Association Prediabetes Risk Test.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched its first risk test in 1993. The risk test was adapted by a published study and validated using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When developing the test, researchers looked for specific characteristics that made a person more likely than average to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. To make the tool as easy to use as possible, they only considered health characteristics that people would know about themselves without needing a blood test or other medical evaluation—such as age, height, and weight, but not including blood glucose or cholesterol levels.

A high score on the online risk test (five or higher) means an individual has a significant risk for having undiagnosed prediabetes or type 2 diabetes; however, only a blood test can determine a diagnosis.

Answer Score Card

How old are you?

You are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes the older you are.


Less than 40 years (0 points)

40-49 years (1 point)

50-59 years (2 points)

60 years or older (3 points)

Are you a man or a woman?

Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed prediabetes; one reason may be that they are less likely to visit their doctors regularly.


Man (1 point)

Woman (0 points)

If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in women during pregnancy. It usually goes away after pregnancy, but women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


Yes (1 point)

No (0 points)

N/A (0 points)

Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?

A family history of diabetes could contribute to your risk for type 2 diabetes.


Yes (1 point)

No (0 points)

Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?

Having high blood pressure contributes to your overall risk for type 2 diabetes.


Yes (1 point)

No (0 points)

Are you physically active?

Being inactive can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.


Yes (0 points)

No (1 point)

What race or ethnicity best describes you?

People from certain racial and ethnic groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than others.


White or Caucasian (0 points)

Hispanic or Latino (0 points)

Black or African American (0 points)

Asian American (0 points)

American Indian or Alaska Native (0 points)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (0 points)

Other (0 points)

Don’t Want to Say (0 points)

What is your weight status?

The combination of your weight and height lets us know your Body Mass Index or BMI. People with higher BMIs are at a higher risk.


Group A (1 point)

Group B (2 points)

Group C (3 points)

If you scored 5 or higher:  your score.  You're likely to have prediabetes and are at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

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