Medical Statistics for Diabetes

Medically reviewed statistics about the current disease state of Diabetes.

Current Research and Statistics on Diabetes

Disease State of Diabetes in the U.S.

  • More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, which is nearly 11% of the U.S. population. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020)
  • Every 17 seconds, an American is diagnosed with diabetes. (The American Journal of Managed Care, 2018)
  • There are 1.5 million new cases of diabetes in the United States each year. (American Diabetes Association [ADA], 2020)

Statistics on
Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition in which you have elevated blood sugar levels due to insulin resistance, but are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. It is often a precursor to diabetes although most people do not realize they have it.

When you have prediabetes, your cells have become insulin resistant which means they lose their insulin sensitivity and do not react to insulin properly which causes your blood glucose levels to rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report. This report estimates that more than 130 million adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes in the U.S.. The report analyzed data from 2019 and includes information on the incidence and prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes, efforts addressing type 2 diabetes prevention, and diabetes management. For the first time, diabetes data by income level was published and shows a higher prevalence of diabetes was also associated with poverty.

Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report:

  • An estimated 1.4 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among people ages 18 and older in 2019.
  • The percentage of adults with diagnosed diabetes was highest among American Indian and Alaska Native persons (14.5%), non-Hispanic Black people (12.1%), and people of Hispanic origin (11.8%), followed by non-Hispanic Asian people (9.5%) and non-Hispanic White people (7.4%) in 2018-2019.
  • Adults with a family income below the federal poverty level had the highest prevalence for both men (13.7%) and women (14.4%).
  • People with less education were more likely to have diagnosed diabetes

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