Type 2 Diabetes: Statistics & Facts

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Here are easy to scan data visualizations from the latest official statistics on Type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

The Latest Type 2 Diabetes Statistics

The Number of Americans Diagnosed with Diabetes from 1980 to 2015 in Millions


This graph highlights the stark, growing problem with diabetes in America.

One would expect the total number to rise with the growing population.

However the stats show exponential growth of the diagnosis of diabetes in Americans in the past 20 years.

The 2015 number of 23.5 million cases is nearly 5 times the rate in 1980, which is far greater than the rate of population growth in America.

Most attribute this to the rise in obesity in America in both youth and adults.

The Total Number of People Affected by Diabetes in 2015 in the United States


The truth is that the full size and scope of the impact of diabetes is not truly represented in just the number of those diagnosed.

In 2015, there were an estimated 23.1 million diagnosed cases of diabetes.

However, it is estimated that some 7.2 million more people in the United States are suffering from the effects of diabetes without holding a proper diagnosis.

The total impact is that over 30 million were impacted by diabetes in 2015.

The Total Number of U.S. Adults With Diabetes in 2015 by Age Group in Millions


As reported earlier, most adults will develop diabetes after the age of 45.

This graph reflects that truth with some 14.3 million individuals between the ages of 45 and 64 suffering from diabetes.

Those 65 and older represent the second largest age group as those with diabetes are still able to live into older age, but many do not.

Between the ages of 18 and 44 represents the smallest portion of the American diabetes population.

The U.S. States With the Highest Percentage of Adults Who Have Diabetes


This particular graph highlights the problem the deep south has with diabetes as a result of the deep south’s problem with obesity.

Of the top ten states, 8 of them would be considered traditionally southern states with West Virginia and Oklahoma bumping up against the south.

There is a clear regional driver between this part of the country and diabetes with states seeing between 10% and 15% of their population suffering from diabetes.

The Number of New Cases of Diagnosed Diabetes in Adults from 1980 to 2017


This graph represents the number of new cases reported in adults and is shown in thousands.

One can see a similar trend in the total number of adults suffering from diabetes with a sharp increase coming in the late 1990’s.

However, this graph offer a glimpse of hope it shows the total number of new cases actually dropping after 2009 and continuing to do so over the next decade.

The Leading U.S. States based on Percentage of Adults Told they had Prediabetes


In many cases, medical professionals can diagnosis the conditions that often lead to diabetes in individuals.

Known as prediabetes, it serves as a warning sign to drastically change one’s lifestyle in hopes to avoid this deadly disease.

Several southern states do make an appearance here, but the number of those in prediabetes is highest in California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

It is perhaps this early diagnosis that keeps these states from making the top ten in those with actual diabetes.

The Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes among Adults in U.S. from 1997 to 2018


This graph highlights again the growing problem America has with diabetes.

As of 1997, some 5% of adults aged 18 and over were diagnosed with diabetes.

By 2018, that number had doubled to over 10% of Americans holding a diagnosis.

The sharp increase in obesity in America is a major contributing factor and this graph makes clear the grave health consequences of that rise.

The Percentage of Adults in the U.S. With Diabetes in 2016 by Region and Ethnicity


In every ethnicity, the South continues to lead the way when it comes to diabetes.

However, trends among ethnicity can be derived by comparing the various regions. In every region of the country, a larger percentage of African-Americans suffer from diabetes compared to other races.

In the South and Midwest, Caucasians hold the number 2 spot while Hispanics come in 2nd place in the East and West.

In every region, Asians witness the lowest rates of diabetes in the country.

The Medical Costs in the U.S. Per Case of Type 2 Diabetes from 2007 to 2020


Beyond just the human impact, type 2 diabetes has a major impact on the American healthcare system as the medical costs to treat each individual has steadily rose along with the total number of diagnoses.

Not only has the total number of those suffering from diabetes rising since 2007, but the medical costs to treat each case has doubled from 2007 to 2020 projections.

The Number of Inpatient and Outpatient Cases per U.S. Hospital by Disease


Fortunately for those suffering from diabetes, most cases can be treated on an outpatient basis.

However, it is reported to be the second most frequent disease treated as reported by U.S. hospitals.

It is second only to hypertension and also holds a similar inpatient treatment rate as compared to other diseases.

Once again, the impact of diabetes on the healthcare system can clearly be observed.

The Rate of the 10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. in 2017


Heart disease is by far the leading cause of death in the United States with 165 incidents per 100,000 residents.

Diabetes as a cause of death is in the top ten list.

Diabetes, ranks in position number 7 between Alzheimer’s Disease and influenza/pneumonia.

Diabetes is most often fatal when left untreated or when it is present in conjunction with other health problems. With proper care, diabetes can be effectively managed by most.

The Number of Deaths by Diabetes Mellitus in the U.S. from 1950 to 2017 per 100,000 Residents


When it comes to paying the final and ultimate cost of diabetes, this graph offers both good news and bad news.

As with the total number of cases, the nation saw a rise in the total number of deaths attributed to diabetes in the late 1990’s.

However, on an encouraging note, even though the total number of cases has risen since then, the total number of deaths per 100,000 residents has actually been on a steady decline since 2002.

Last updated: December 20, 2019

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