Saturday, March 28, 2009

Type 2 Diabetes Calculator

There is a nice online type 2 diabetes risk calculator (the QDScore diabetes risk calculator). After you enter the data, see your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It becomes quite interesting when you start playing with changing your BMI and see what happens to your diabetes risk. Notice that the calculator uses metric system. If you want to calculate your BMI using pounds and feet/inches, you may use the NIH BMI Calculator link. the QDScore diabetes risk calculator is the product of a British research that has recently been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Using easily collected data (no labs needed) researchers reported that it is possible to determine a patient's 10-year risk for developing type 2 diabetes. To develop the formula (algorithm), the investigators used data on some 2.5 million patients in the U.K. The algorithm was then tested in almost 1.2 million adults. The data needed to be entered for the calculation are simple: age, BMI, family history of diabetes, smoking status, treated hypertension, corticosteroid use, presence of cardiovascular disease, socioeconomic status, and self-reported ethnicity.

Reference article:
Predicting risk of type 2 diabetes in England and Wales: prospective derivation and validation of QDScore. Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C, Robson J, Sheikh A, Brindle P.
BMJ. 2009 Mar 17;338:b880. (Free Full Article)
doi: 10.1136/bmj.b880.
PMID: 19297312

The QDScore diabetes risk calculator