Diabetes Risk Score helps to diagnose type 2 diabetes

Posted by ap507 at May 30, 2014 12:10 PM |
Collaborative online risk test prompted 1 in 16 to get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

An online risk test called the Leicester Diabetes Risk Score, which was developed as part of a collaboration between the University and Diabetes UK, has found that one in 16 of those that took the test already had type 2 diabetes.

The test provides people with a score which quantifies their risk of type 2 diabetes. Those that record a high score are encouraged to seek a diagnosis of diabetes.

To assess the effectiveness of the risk test, Diabetes UK carried out a survey of 1,000 people who had taken the test and found that 6% (1 in 16) of those that took the test had got tested and subsequently been diagnosed with diabetes after receiving a 'high risk' score.

The test has, to date, been taken by more than 400,000 people suggesting that the test may have helped 24,000 people to get a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. An early diagnosis is important as early treatment of diabetes can help to substantially reduce the risk and impact of long term health complications such as retinal disease, kidney disease and heart disease

Current estimates are that there are 630,000 people that are living with type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Some people may put signs of diabetes, such as regular fatigue, down to getting older, whereas other people may incorrectly believe they are too young to get type 2 diabetes.

Dr Laura Gray from the Department of Health Sciences said: "The questionnaire asks about a number of risk factors such as age, ethnicity and body mass index, each response is given a score and the total score reflects the persons chance of having undiagnosed type 2 diabetes or being at risk of developing diabetes in the future. This test is therefore useful in catching the condition early.

"Type 2 diabetes can develop over a number of years without any symptoms. Early diagnosis can control the condition and prevent future problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and major problems with your eyes, feet and kidneys. Diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those at risk of developing diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as being more active, sitting less and following a healthy diet."

The risk score can be completed online here and in Boots pharmacies.

The Leicester Diabetes Risk Score was developed at the Leicester Diabetes Centre which is an alliance between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (Leicester’s Hospitals), the University of Leicester, the local community and Primary Care and is located at Leicester General Hospital in collaboration with Diabetes UK.