Am I at Risk for Developing Diabetes?

Patient Tool

How do you know if you’re at risk for diabetes?

Check out the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK):

   Click here to view a printable and downloadable version of CANRISK
   Click here to view an interactive online version of CANRISK

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

Determined yourself to be at high risk or very high risk using a risk calculator such as the CANRISK Questionnaire
Are over 40 years old
Have risk factors for diabetes (see below)

My risk of developing diabetes is increased by the risk factors listed below. The more risk factors I have, the greater my risk of diabetes.

  • 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 Aboriginal, African, Asian, Hispanic, 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 have any of the following:
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Depression
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • HIV infection
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome
    • Acanthosis nigricans
  • I take certain medications including:
    • Anti-inflammatory steroids
    • Antipsychotic medications
This is only to be used as a decision support tool and is subject to these terms.
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