With so many people affected by diabetes, Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists, Inc. has provided, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association, diabetes statistics on the impact of the disease and its complications. For a more detailed list of statistics, please visit their statistics page.
Prevalence Of Diabetes In The United States:
– Total: 20.8 million people–7.0 percent of the population–have diabetes.
– Diagnosed: 14.6 million people
– Undiagnosed: 6.2 million people
Incidences Of Diabetes:
– New cases diagnosed per year: 1.5 million.
Deaths Among People With Diabetes:
– Studies have found death rates to be twice as high among middle-aged people with
diabetes as among middle-aged people without diabetes.
– Based on death certificate data, diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002.
– Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2002.
– Diabetes is believed to be underreported on death certificates, both as a condition and as
a cause of death.
Diabetes By Age:
– Age 60 years or older: 10.3 million. 20.9 percent of all people in this age group have
– Age 20 years or older: 20.6 million. 9.6 percent of all people in this age group have
– Under age 20: 176,500. 0.22 percent of all people in this age group have diabetes.
Diabetes By Sex In People 20 Years Or Older:
– Men: 10.9 million. 10.5 percent of all men have diabetes.
– Women: 9.7 million. 8.8 percent of all women have diabetes.
Diabetes By Race/Ethnicity In People 20 Years Or Older:
– Non-Hispanic whites: 13.1 million. 8.7 percent of all non-Hispanic whites have diabetes.
– Non-Hispanic blacks: 3.2 million. 13.3 percent of all non-Hispanic blacks have diabetes.
On average, non-Hispanic blacks are 1.7 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic
whites of similar age.
– Mexican Americans: 2.5 million. 9.5 percent of all Mexican Americans have diabetes. On
average, Mexican Americans are 2.0 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic
whites of similar age.
– Other Hispanic/Latino Americans: On average, Hispanic/Latino Americans are almost
twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. (Sufficient data are
not currently available to derive more specific estimates.)
– American Indians and Alaska Natives: 15.1 percent of American Indians and Alaska
Natives have diagnosed diabetes. On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives are
2.3 times as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
– Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Prevalence data for diabetes among Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders are limited. Some groups within this population are at
increased risk for diabetes. For example, data collected from 2002 suggest that Native
Hawaiians are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as white residents of Hawaii.
– Total (direct and indirect): $132 billion (United States, 2002).
– Direct medical costs: $92 billion.
– Indirect costs: $40 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
– Estimates cited are based on all health care costs incurred by people with diabetes,
including costs not resulting from diabetes.