Diabetes in the United States

Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. It dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

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  • An estimated 25.8 million children and adults in the United States  - 8.3% of the population – have diabetes.
  • About 18.8 million people have diagnosed diabetes, 7 million are undiagnosed and 79 million have prediabetes.
  • In 2010, nearly 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older.

Research at the University of Louisville’s Diabetes and Obesity Center is shaping the future of our community and developing novel prevention and treatment strategies for people with diabetes and obesity. Integrating basic research with community outreach and expert clinical care, our researchers, students and staff work tirelessly to help fight these growing epidemics.

map showing the prevalence of diabetes in each state of the US. The numbers are greatest in the southern US states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2007 an estimated 23.6 million people (7.8% of the total U.S. population) have diabetes.

Of these people, only 17.9 million know they have diabetes, while 5.7 million have not been diagnosed.

The GOOD news is that the percentage of people with diabetes who don't know it has decreased from 30% to 25%. The BAD news is that the number of Americans with diabetes is increasing.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention also reported that in 2009-10, an estimated 68% of the U.S. Population was considered obese or overweight.

The high prevalence of obesity is a concern, because it increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has increased by more than 60% since 1990. Which means, in the U.S. alone more than 18.2 million people suffer from T2D presently.

Prevalence in Adults

map showing the prevalence of obesity in each state of the US. The numbers are greatest in the southern US states.

Increase in the prevalence of diabetes

map showing the increase prevalence of diabetes worldwide.

It has been estimated that 150 million patients worldwide have diabetes.

This number is expected to increase by 30% by 2020 and double to 300 million by 2025.

Percentage of adults over 20 with diabetes (2005)

map showing the percentage of adults over 20 with diabetes in the US