Today, CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) released the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. The report documents the “state of the disease” in our nation, providing the most recent scientific data on diabetes and its burden, including:
• Diabetes incidence
• Diabetes prevalence
• Short- and long-term complications
• Risk factors for complications
Data in the report show that while diabetes cases are still growing in the United States, the growth rate is slowing. However, the number remains incredibly large: more than 100 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes. Much work still needs to be done.
The report, which analyzes health data through 2015, provides diabetes statistics across ages, races, ethnicities, education levels, and regions—credible, objective data that can be used to focus diabetes prevention and control efforts. Key findings include:
• 30.3 million Americans—close to 1 in 10—have diabetes.
• 84.1 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes.
• Over half of newly diagnosed diabetes cases were in adults 45-64 years old.
• Rates of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes have increased among US youth.
• New diabetes cases were higher among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites.
• For US adults diagnosed with diabetes, prevalence was highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives.
• Nearly 16% adults diagnosed with diabetes were smokers, nearly 90% were overweight, and more than 40% were physically inactive.
While this report reflects a point-in-time analysis, its data provides a vital perspective on the current status of diabetes and our nation’s health.
As more people develop diabetes or prediabetes at a younger age, as racial and ethnic minorities are hit harder by the disease, and as our nation’s population ages, we need to redouble our efforts in controlling and managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. And by addressing diabetes we are also addressing and preventing many other significant health problems.
MyHealthStyle App is currently engaging in a study with Guilford County NC expressly to reach out to underserved communities. Our ability to bridge the most common barriers, such as transportation, to these communities is a valuable asset in bringing education and support to detour diabetes.