Here’s How You Can Calculate Your Diabetes Risk At Home
All you need is a tape measure.
This health test is tailor-made for you: you can actually predict your diabetes risk with a tape measure.
A Chinese study found that guys with a waist-to-height ratio of 0,5 or higher were more likely than those with a lower ratio to have either prediabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Study author Dr Xiuying Qi, says this method may trump body-mass index and waist-to-hip ratio as a way to gauge visceral fat – the lard that lurks between your organs and disrupts your blood sugar.
Calculate your ratio
To find your ratio, wrap a tape measure around your waist at the midpoint – between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hip bones. Divide that figure (in cm) by your height (also in cm). The resulting number is your ratio.
For example, say your waist circumference is 100 centimetres, and your height is 170 centimetres. 100 divided by 170 equals 0,5882. Rounded off, that gives you a ratio of 0,59, which is just greater than 0,5, meaning you have an elevated risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.