Latest Diabetes Statistics
The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides statistics on diabetes.
The most recent statistics show the following:
How many people have diabetes?
25.8 million people have diabetes. This equates to about 8.3% of the population. 18.8
million are diagnosed while 7.0 million people do not know they have diabetes.
How many people are diagnosed with diabetes each year?
1.9 million people over the age of 20 are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
How is diabetes treated among adults?
Glucose control - for every percentage point decrease (ie: 8% to 7%) in A1c blood test, risk for eye, kidney, or nerve complications are reduced by 40%
Eye care - detection and treatment of eye complications can reduce severe vision loss by ~50-60%
Foot care - foot care checks/programs can reduce amputations by 45-85%
Kidney care - detection & treatment of kidney complications can reduce risk of kidney failure by 30-70%
How much does diabetes cost in the United States?
A total of $174 billion/year is spent on diabetes in the U.S. Direct medical costs are $116 billion/year.
Indirect costs (such as work loss, disability, etc.) are $58 billion/year.
NIH Publication No. 11–3892.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
- 14% take insulin and oral medications
- 12% take insulin only
- 58% take oral medications only
- 16% do not take medications
- How can diabetes complications be avoided?
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