Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Calculator Gives Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes poses a threat to the legs, and therefore a threat to walking. It is also associated with being overweight, which can also pose problems for walking. British scientists have recently found and published nine significant risk factors for Type 2 diabetes:
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • body mass index
  • smoking status
  • socioeconomic level
  • family history of diabetes
  • diagnosis of cardiovascular disease
  • hypertension
  • use of steroid drugs.

They calculated the relative importance of each of these factors, and incorporated them into a web page algorithm, that quite accurately predicts the 10-year risk for Type 2 diabetes. Based on the British population, there is an interactive Web version of the algorithm at www.qdscore.org. Postal code and ethnicity applies only to Brits, but the results are good even without those two parameters.


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