Do I have Diabetes?

You may be more likely to develop diabetes if you have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Age 45 years or older
  • Are African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American
  • High blood pressure
  • Low HDL or "good" cholesterol in your blood
  • High triglycerides (a type of fat) in your blood
  • Family history of  diabetes
  • History of  diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or  had a baby that weighed more than nine pounds at birth

If you are over 45 years old, you should ask your doctor about being tested for diabetes, especially if you are overweight. If you have one or more of the risk factors, you should also be tested even if you are below age 45.


If you belong to any of the above high-risk groups and experience any of these symptoms, you should get tested for diabetes right away:

  • Increased urination
  • Frequent thirst
  • Unexplained hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent vaginal yeast infections
  • Sores that do not heal