• 25.8 million Americans aged 20 and older have diabetes, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population.Of these, 7 million remain undiagnosed.
  • In Massachusetts, more than 7 percent of residents had diabetes in 2009, a 4.1 percent increase over 2000.
  • In 2009, 7 percent of Massachusetts adults were diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
  • Diabetes is more prevalent among Massachusetts African-Americans (12.8 percent), Asians (16 percent), and Hispanics (14.2 percent) than Whites (6.5 percent).
  • If present trends continue, one in three Americans, and one in two minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.


The Impact

  • According to a New England Healthcare Institute study, three out of five people with diabetes have at least one complication; one out of three has two complications, and one in 13 has five complications.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than twice as high than for those without diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • From 2002 – 2007, 1,300 Massachusetts residents died each year from diabetes. This means that nearly four residents died from diabetes each day.
  • Diabetes is thought to be under-reported as a cause of death because many times deaths are attributed to complications (heart disease, stroke, kidney disease) rather than the disease itself.
  • Diabetes costs the United States at least $174 billion a year, one of every 10 healthcare dollars.


Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.


Posted November 2012