Diabetes UK has today launched a new online Type 2 diabetes risk score test that is more accurate, personal and user-friendly. The test, created in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, accurately identifies how much a person is at risk of developing the condition.
The revamped test is more user-friendly and personal because each question is illustrated by an appropriate case study, who ‘fits the bill’ of the answer. If the participant hovers over the image of the person, a dialogue box appears with a comment from the case study talking about their health and lifestyle. The first page of the test shows all nine case studies, who are of varying ages and backgrounds, with comments about their lives, why they decided to take the test and how they dealt with the results.
Benita Gibbons, Diabetes UK Digital Projects Manager, said: “We wanted to make the new online Type 2 diabetes risk score test more accessible and inviting to people who were concerned that they might be at risk of developing the condition. It is simple, easy to navigate and the personal touch from the case studies means that people taking the test know that others are in the same boat as them.
“New figures released this week suggest that there are over 1 million people who have Type 2 diabetes in the UK but don’t know it. In fact, the condition can go undetected for ten years or more and around half of people already show signs of complications by the time they are diagnosed. Taking this test can make all the difference to the quality of your future health as early diagnosis and effective management of the condition are crucial in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, lower-limb amputation and blindness.”
What action to take
The test, which consists of seven questions, uses a points system to identify if a person is at low, increased, moderate or high risk of developing diabetes. It then offers appropriate advice to people, which may be to see their GP (for moderate or high risk) or to make lifestyle changes (for low or increased risk). People can also read the advice from the case studies who have the same level of risk as them. If a person is at moderate to high risk they can print out a letter for their GP that explains their situation.
The questions have been developed following extensive research so that the answers accurately reflect a person’s level of risk. These questions are related to age, waist circumference, BMI (which is calculated using a graph application), ethnic background and family history of the condition (this also includes if a person has a child with diabetes).
There is also the option to send the test to friends and family via Facebook, Twitter or email.