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September 16, 2019 My risk for developing diabetes

Find out your risk

How do you know if you’re at risk for diabetes? Complete the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK) test today to find out.

Take the test 

You can also download the questionnaire to complete at a later time.

Download the questionnaire

When should I see my doctor

You should see your doctor to check if you have diabetes if you:

  • Determined yourself to be at medium or high risk using the CANRISK test 

  • Are over 40 years old

  • Have risk factors for diabetes (see below)

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes

Risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased by the risk factors listed below. The more risk factors experienced, the greater the risk of type 2 diabetes. See if you agree with any of the following statements:

  • I am 40 years old or older

  • Diabetes runs in my immediate family (Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister and/or children)

  • Either or both of my parents are African, Arab, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous, or South Asian

  • I have been told I have prediabetes

  • I am a woman who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy

  • I am a woman and at least one of my babies weighed 9lbs or more

  • I have heart disease (history of heart attacks, strokes, TIA (mini-strokes))

  • I have kidney, nerve or certain eye conditions that are associated with diabetes

  • I am overweight

  • I carry my excess weight around my belly

  • I have high blood pressure

  • My good cholesterol (HDL) blood level is low

  • I have high triglycerides

  • I smoke

  • I have any of the following:

    • History of pancreatitis

    • Polycystic ovary syndrome

    • Acanthosis nigricans

    • Hyperuricemia/gout

    • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

    • Obstructive sleep apnea

    • Depression

    • Bipolar disorder

    • Schizophrenia

    • HIV infection

    • Cystic Fibrosis

  • I take certain medications including:

    • Anti-inflammatory steroids

    • Antipsychotic medications

    • Medication for lowering cholesterol (statins)

    • Highly active antiretroviral therapy

    • Anti-rejection drugs