Why does diabetes deserve more attention in Washington, DC? Every year, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. And that’s just the start.

Snapshot of Diabetes and Prediabetes

There are 29.1 million people in the US living with diabetes.

  • 21.0 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • 8.1 million are undiagnosed - they have diabetes but don’t know it.
  • In adults, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

There are an estimated 86 million adults aged 20 years or older who have prediabetes.

  • Their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes.
  • People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Adults aged 65 and older are greatly affected, with nearly eight of every 10 having either diabetes or prediabetes.

  • 25.9% have diabetes (11.8 million seniors).
  • 50% have prediabetes.

Some racial and ethnic groups are affected by diabetes more than others. Compared to non-Hispanic whites, the risk of diagnosed diabetes is 1.2 times higher among Asian Americans, 1.7 times higher among Hispanics, and 1.7 times higher among non-Hispanic blacks.

  • 7.6% of non-Hispanic white adults aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes.
  • 9.0% of Asian Americans have diagnosed diabetes.
  • 12.8% of Hispanics have diagnosed diabetes.
  • 13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks have diagnosed diabetes.
  • 15.9% of Americans Indians/Alaskan Natives have diagnosed diabetes.

Diabetes is a Growing Epidemic

  • By 2020, 52% of all US adults will have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
  • One in every three people born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
  • Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010.
    • Though diabetes is still likely to be underreported as a cause of death.

Diabetes Is Incredibly Costly

  • In 2012, the total cost of diabetes rose to $322 billion per year – up 48% ($100 billion) in just five years from $218 billion in 2007.
  • Projections show that diabetes and pre-diabetes will cost America approximately $514 billion per year by 2025.
  • Today, one in three Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes.


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