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Do This Easy Finger Test to See If You Have Prediabetes

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Prevent diabetes by taking this easy finger test

According to ABC News, assessing the risk of whether you may be on your way to developing type 2 diabetes can be as simple as taking this easy finger test.


Reporting about the start of a new pre-diabetes campaign by the CDC to raise awareness about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, ABC’s Good Morning America recently hosted health correspondent Dr. Richard Besser who tells viewers that 30% of people who have higher than normal blood sugar levels—a medical condition referred to as pre-diabetes―are going to go on to develop type 2 diabetes within the next 5 years.

“Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not to the level yet that you have true diabetes,” says Dr. Besser. “But 30% of people who have that, are going to go on within five years to develop type 2 diabetes and they don't even know it.“

To help viewers determine whether they are pre-diabetic and thereby at risk of eventually developing type 2 diabetes, Dr. Besser recommends taking this easy finger test:


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: 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 #3: 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

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Pre-diabetes Question #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: What is your body type? Use the article image as a guide to assess how many fingers you should add to your count based on your body type.

According to Dr. Besser, if you're holding up five or more fingers then you're at an increased risk for pre-diabetes. As it turns out, one in three people are going to score five or more fingers. So if you've got five or more fingers it’s time to go see your doctor to determine if your blood sugar is high. If it is, the good news is that being pre-diabetic is reversible by following specific health advice such as changing your diet, increasing your amount of physical activity, losing as little as 5 percent of your weight, and possibly with some help from supplements for treating diabetes.

For more about pre-diabetes and what you can do about it, here is an informative article about what taking magnesium can do for pre-diabetics.

For the online version of the pre-diabetes test offered by the CDC, click-on the link for their pre-diabetes risk test and let the website evaluate your risk level and advise you on what to do next to avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

For more on simple tests you can do at home to evaluate your health, here are 3 Warning Signs from Your Feet that Dr. Oz recommends everyone should watch for, as well as this eyebrow and neck test you can do with your bathroom mirror.

Reference: ABC Good Morning America New Prediabetes Campaign Raises Awareness in Quick Test