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Date:4/27/2008

xisting online risk test, calculates a person's chances of having diabetes using the answers to a series of questions, such as age, weight, history of gestational diabetes and other variables. The tool is intended to help people determine if they should see a physician for further testing. It can be found at http://www.diabetes.org/risktest.

"We know that the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise, and that at least a quarter of people who have diabetes don't yet know it," said David Eddy, lead researcher on the study and founder of Archimedes, Inc. "But it's not cost effective or even efficient to screen every single patient. This no-cost, easy-to-use tool can help identify those people most likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes, so that they can receive the appropriate testing and subsequent medical care."

The prevalence of diabetes has risen rapidly over the past several decades. New guidelines from the ADA recommend screening for diabetes among adults who are overweight or obese or who have one or more risk factors for diabetes before the age of 45. For those who have no risk factors, testing should begin at age 45.

The Diabetes Risk Test is the only currently available noninvasive screening tool designed and scientifically validated to detect both pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes in the U.S. population.

Increase in Diabetes Among Younger Women Affects More Pregnancies

In less than seven years, the number of pregnant women giving birth in a large managed health care plan who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes has more than doubled, leading to increased health risks for both the mothers and their unborn children.

The increased prevalence of pre-existing diabetes among pregnant women exists across all age groups and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Because women are developing diabetes at younger ages, the number of women affected during their earl
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