40 - 49 Year Old Type 2 Diabetes Risk Evaluation
A type 2 diabetes risk evaluation for people aged 40-49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes
The aim of the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation is to support medical practitioners to address the health needs of patients 40 to 49 years of age who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The type 2 diabetes risk evaluation is a review of the risk factors underlying a patient’s ‘high risk’ score as identified by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.
It includes initiating interventions, such as referral to lifestyle modification programs, to assist with the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Eligible patients must be aged 40 to 49 years (inclusive) or 15 to 54 years (inclusive) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool.
Components of the health assessment provided as a type 2 diabetes risk evaluationThe type 2 diabetes risk evaluation includes:
- evaluating your risk as determined by the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool, which has been completed by the patient within a period of 3 months prior to undertaking the type 2 diabetes risk evaluation;
- updating your history and undertaking physical examinations and clinical investigations in accordance with relevant guidelines;
- making an overall assessment of your risk factors and of the results of relevant examinations and investigations;
- initiating interventions, if appropriate, including referral to a diabetes educator, lifestyle modification program and/or follow-up relating to the management of any risk factors identified; and
- providing you with advice and information (such as the Lifescripts resources produced by the Department of Health and Ageing available at the Department's Lifescripts page), including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes if appropriate.
Risk FactorsRisk factors include the following:
- lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition;
- biomedical risk factors, such as high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism and excess weight; and
- a family history of a chronic disease.