The new risk calculator can predict if YOU will develop diabetes in two minutes

TYPE 2 diabetes is a common condition that leads to high blood sugar levels.

People who suffer from it are at increased risk of serious heart, nerve and eye problems.

Diabetes is a common condition - but there are things you can do to reduce your risk


Diabetes is a common condition – but there are things you can do to reduce your riskCredit: Alamy

There are ways you can prevent the condition, such as: E.g. a healthy diet and not smoking.

But experts have now created a calculator to help you figure out your disease risk in minutes.

All you need is a tape measure and a scale and you must be over 18 to take the quiz.

After ingestion, you will receive a risk rating between low, increased, medium or high.

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For each question you answer, you get points, which then add up to your risk score.

First, you’ll be asked your biological sex, and according to Diabetes UK, that’s because as a man you’re at slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For example, you get a point because of the increased probability of illness.

You also get extra points if your waist measurement is over 35.5 inches and you have a body mass index over 25.

Those of an ethnicity other than European also get extra points, as do those with high blood pressure.

However, it’s important to note that the results won’t be accurate if you’re pregnant or have gestational diabetes, a condition that develops during pregnancy and usually goes away after birth.

Next, you will be asked about your age, as your risk of developing the disease increases with age.

Because some ethnic groups are more likely to develop the condition.

You will then be asked whether or not you have a parent, brother, sister and/or child of your own with diabetes.

This is because having a close relative with the disease can also increase your risk of developing it.

Top tips for preventing type 2 diabetes

Here’s what you need to know to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes

Marion Shirran is a lobbyist for NICE, the National Institute of Care and Health Excellence, and shared her tips.

Stop and think: Make sure you only eat when you are physically hungry. Resist the temptation to reach for food just because it’s in front of you

Less alcohol: Not only is it full of empty calories, but it also plays with your mind. Medical research has shown that drinking alcohol stimulates the production of a hunger-increasing hormone, ghrelin.

Drinking water: Drink one or ideally two tall glasses of chilled water before a meal. After drinking the water, the stomach’s receptors will sense the fullness, the stomach will be stretched, which will quickly dampen your appetite.

Move: Did you know that fidgeting or just plain exercise can burn ten times more calories than just sitting still, which is good news when it comes to keeping your metabolism running high.

Garbage out: Limiting your intake of highly processed foods, which are often full of refined carbohydrates and empty calories, will help you eat less food in general.

improve the mood: When you find yourself in a low mood state, lightening actions will encourage you to make healthier food choices, and as a result, it will be so much easier for you to achieve successful weight loss during the process.

manage stress: Research has found that the stress hormone cortisol not only slows down your metabolism, but at the same time makes you crave very tasty foods that contain an addictive combination of sugar, fat and salt.

Many people underestimate their waist size, and this can be another important factor in diabetes.

The experts explained how to take your measurements: “Use a tape measure and find your bottom rib and the top of your hipbone with your fingers and measure directly between those two points around your body.”

Being overweight or obese also increases your risk, so you will be asked for both your weight and height to calculate your BMI.

This is used to see if your weight is healthy for your height.

Your overall risk also increases if you have had, have had, or have previously received medication for high blood pressure.

After answering all questions, you must provide your full name and email address so that your results can be emailed to you directly.

You can use the calculator on the Diabetes UK website.

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