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Diabetes Risk Score

September 29 2013

The Diabetes Risk Score is an assessment tool which aims to identify individuals with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) and is designed to predict an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. It was developed by University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in collaboration with Diabetes UK.

The risk assessment is evidenced-based and consists of seven questions. It uses a points system to identity if a person is at low, moderate, or high risk of developing diabetes. Based on this score, appropriate advice is provided in the form of lifestyle changes or a GP referral.

The seven questions are related to age, gender, waist circumference, BMI, ethnic background, blood pressure and family history.

The 2012 NICE public health guidance Preventing type 2 diabetes: risk identification and interventions for individuals at high risk, recommended that GPs and other primary healthcare professionals use the tool for identifying people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Risk Score is free of charge for healthcare professionals in the NHS. To get your copy complete a Diabetes Risk Score enquiry form.

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