Diabetes Rates

The numbers of individuals diagnosed with diabetes continue to climb, with nationwide levels reaching record high levels.  

Diabetic Incidence Rates in the United States

25.8 million people are affected by diabetes nationwide
8.3% of the population of the United States

26.9% of Seniors (aged 65 years and up) have diabetes

35% of Adults (aged 20 years and up) have pre-diabetes.
50% of Adults (aged 65+) are pre-diabetic.

2 million new cases of diabetes we're diagnoses last year in the U.S. (among people aged 20+)

Diabetes Rates Among U.S. States

Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia have the highest levels of diabetes in the country, as the Southern states continue to have the highest levels of obesity and diabetes.  Alabama led the nation with a high 13.2% rate of the population having been diagnosed with diabetes (does not include pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes diagnosis, see blood sugar chart). 

Nationwide average of 8.7% also reflected the leaders, as Alaska and Colorado had the lowest levels of diabetes at 6.0% and 5.3% respectively.  Colorado also led the nation with the lowest levels of obesity, a strong correlation along with lifestyle and dietary choices (see glycemic index food lists).

diabetes rates and statistics USA

Glycemic Edge Diabetes Levels States Ranking List

State:
Yes Yes, pregnancy-related No No, pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes
Nationwide (States and DC)
8.7 0.8 89.0 1.2
Alabama
13.2 0.5 84.8 1.6
Alaska
5.3 1.2 92.5 1.0
Arizona
11.4 0.6 86.7 1.3
Arkansas
9.6 0.6 88.8 1.0
California
8.6 1.4 88.5 1.5
Colorado
6.0 0.7 92.2 1.1
Connecticut
7.3 0.8 91.0 0.8
Delaware
8.7 1.0 89.2 1.2
District of Columbia
10.9 0.4 87.4 1.3
Florida
10.4 0.8 87.6 1.2
Georgia
9.7 1.0 88.2 1.1
Hawaii
8.3 0.9 88.5 2.3
Idaho
7.9 1.1 89.7 1.3
Illinois
8.7 0.8 89.4 1.0
Indiana
9.8 0.8 88.1 1.3
Iowa
7.5 0.5 90.9 1.1
Kansas
8.4 0.9 89.4 1.3
Kentucky
10.0 1.2 87.4 1.4
Louisiana
10.3 0.6 87.9 1.2
Maine
8.7 0.9 89.2 1.2
Maryland
9.3 1.0 88.7 1.1
Massachusetts
7.4 0.8 90.4 1.3
Michigan
10.1 0.6 87.9 1.4
Minnesota
6.7 0.8 90.9 1.6
Mississippi
12.4 1.0 85.6 1.1
Missouri
9.4 1.3 88.1 1.2
Montana
7.0 0.8 91.0 1.1
Nebraska
7.7 0.6 91.0 0.8
Nevada
8.5 0.6 89.7 1.1
New Hampshire
7.9 1.0 89.0 2.2
New Jersey
9.2 0.7 88.8 1.3
New Mexico
8.5 0.7 90.1 0.8
New York
8.9 0.8 89.0 1.3
North Carolina
9.8 0.9 88.1 1.2
North Dakota
7.4 0.5 91.1 1.0
Ohio
10.1 0.8 87.3 1.8
Oklahoma
10.4 0.9 87.3 1.4
Oregon
7.2 0.9 90.7 1.2
Pennsylvania
10.3 0.8 87.8 1.1
Puerto Rico
12.8 0.1 86.2 0.9
Rhode Island
7.8 1.3 88.6 2.3
South Carolina
10.7 1.2 86.8 1.3
South Dakota
6.9 1.3 90.9 0.9
Tennessee
11.3 0.4 83.1 5.2
Texas
9.7 1.1 88.2 1.0
Utah
6.5 0.8 91.7 1.1
Vermont
6.8 0.5 91.7 1.0
Virginia
8.7 0.9 89.2 1.3
Washington
7.6 0.8 90.4 1.1
West Virginia
11.7 0.4 86.9 1.0
Wisconsin
7.1 0.5 91.5 0.8
Wyoming
7.2 0.7 91.2 0.9

source: cdc.gov 2010 Prevalence and Trends Data; National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011 cdc.gov/pubs

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