The Ultimate Diabetes Risk Factors Quiz
by Staff
There are several risk factors of diabetes that are preventable through changes in lifestyle and eating habits. Various factors related to poor health, such as high cholesterol levels, put you at risk for developing diabetes. Take this quiz and learn what places you at risk for developing this chronic condition.

What is the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes?

  • genetics
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure

What is believed to cause type 1 diabetes?

  • an autoimmune disorder
  • being bottle fed in infancy
  • both of the above

What type of cholesterol places someone at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

  • low HDL cholesterol
  • high triglyceride levels
  • both of the above

What area of the world has high rates of type 1 diabetes?

  • Asia
  • Northern Europe
  • South America

What ethnicity has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world?

  • African Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Pacific Islanders

A woman is more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if:

  • she has gestational diabetes
  • she has never conceived
  • she gives birth to more than three children

What can help reduce a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

  • effectively treating gestational diabetes
  • limiting the number of pregnancies
  • walking five days a week

You are at increased risk of developing diabetes if you:

  • gave birth to a baby over nine pounds
  • have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
  • both of the above

Your risk of gestational diabetes is reduced if:

  • you are under 25 years of age
  • you have no family history of diabetes
  • both of the above

You should be tested for diabetes if your triglyceride level is over:

  • 200 mg/dL
  • 250 mg/dL
  • 300 mg/dL

What percentage of children born after 2000 are projected to one day develop type 2 diabetes?

  • 25 percent
  • 33 percent
  • 50 percent

What was recently discovered to be an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes?

  • Infant formula
  • environmental toxins
  • both of the above

What happens to environmental toxins when they are ingested?

  • They get deposited into fatty tissue.
  • They attack the pancreas.
  • both of the above

The link between environmental toxins and diabetes helps explain:

  • the worldwide epidemic of diabetes
  • why people who loose weight decrease their risk of developing diabetes
  • both of the above

What percentage of people with diabetes are overweight?

  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 80 percent