Online Tool Helps Identify Diabetes Risk

LEICESTER, England, Aug. 17 (UPI) — British researchers say they have come up with an easy way for people to learn their risk of diabetes online.

Study leader Melanie Davies and colleagues at the University of Leicester have developed an online diabetes risk assessment that applies to a multi-ethnic population so people at high risk of diabetes can identify themselves and go to their primary care doctor for a diagnosis.


The online questionnaire, described in Diabetic Medicine, asks only seven questions — age, ethnicity, sex, family history of diabetes, waist size, Body Mass Index and any history or treatment for high-blood pressure.

“The Diabetes Risk Score is already being used in a number of other studies to identify people at high risk of diabetes and encourage them to see their doctor,” Davies says in a statement.

The Diabetes Risk Score is online at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore — the Diabetes UK web site — and has already been taken by more than 21,000 people, Davies said.

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