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Percentage of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" (Excludes pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes).

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  • Percentage of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" Does not include pre-diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy.
  • Percentage of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" (Excludes pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes).

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United States Diabetes (1996-2015) see more
  • Percentage of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" Does not include pre-diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy.
  • Percentage of adults who responded yes to the question "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" (Excludes pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes).
Ranking Value State
1 7.1 Utah
2 7.3 Colorado
3 7.4 Alaska
4 7.6 Idaho
5 7.9 Vermont
6 8.1 Minnesota
7 8.4 Wyoming
8 8.6 North Dakota
9 8.8 Montana
10 8.9 Washington
11 9 Oregon
11 9 Wisconsin
13 9.1 New Hampshire
13 9.1 South Dakota
15 9.2 Connecticut
15 9.2 Nebraska
17 9.4 Rhode Island
18 9.5 Iowa
18 9.5 Maine
20 9.6 Nevada
21 9.7 Massachusetts
21 9.7 New Jersey
21 9.7 Virginia
24 9.8 Hawaii
25 10 Arizona
25 10 New York
27 10.1 Illinois
27 10.1 Maryland
29 10.3 California
29 10.3 Kansas
31 10.4 Michigan
32 10.7 Indiana
33 10.8 North Carolina
34 11 Texas
35 11.1 Delaware
35 11.1 Missouri
37 11.2 Florida
37 11.2 Pennsylvania
39 11.3 Louisiana
40 11.5 New Mexico
41 11.6 Georgia
42 11.7 Ohio
43 12 Oklahoma
43 12 South Carolina
45 12.5 Kentucky
46 12.7 Arkansas
47 12.9 Alabama
48 13 Mississippi
48 13 Tennessee
50 14.1 West Virginia

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Overview

Diabetes is the percentage of adults who have been told by a health professional that they have diabetes, excluding pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes. The 2015 ranks are based on self-report data from CDC’s 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, diabetes prevalence from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).

The prevalence of diabetes ranges from 7.1% of adults in Colorado to 14.1% of adults in West Virginia. In the United States, 10.0% of adults have diabetes, more than double the prevalence of 4.4% in 1996.

Public Health Impact

Diabetes is the US’s 7th-leading cause of death and contributes to heart disease and stroke, the leading and 5th-leading causes of death, respectively.[1][2] There are 3 major types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. Type 2 accounts for 90% to 95% of all cases.[3] Type 2 is a largely preventable progressive disease managed through lifestyle modifications and health care interventions. Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and blindness in adults.[4] The direct medical and lost productivity costs of diabetes rose 41% between 2007 and 2012. Diabetics’ medical expenses are on average $13,700 annually, 2.3 times higher than if they did not have diabetes.[5] Costs of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes as well as undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes exceeded $322 billion in 2012.[6]

Studies show that onset of type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented through losing weight, increasing physical activity, and improving dietary choices.[7]-[8] Type 2 diabetes is associated with numerous modifiable behaviors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet; thus, it is an ideal target for prevention.[9] These behavior changes are manageable and beneficial; a 5% to 7% weight loss slows type 2 development. Study participants who lost an average of 12 pounds lowered their risk 58% in 3 years.[10] The National Diabetes Prevention Program was created to bring to communities evidence-based interventions to prevent diabetes. CDC has more information on diabetes and strategies for prevention. Additional diabetes material is at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the American Diabetes Association.

Healthy People 2020 has 16 diabetes-related objectives including reducing the annual number of new cases of diagnosed diabetes and increasing prevention behaviors in persons at high risk for diabetes or with prediabetes.



[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States. 2011.

[2] American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease & diabetes. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Diabetes/WhyDiabetesMatters/Cardiovascular-Disease-Diabetes_UCM_313865_Article.jsp. Updated January 2013. Accessed July 29, 2015.

[3] Rubino F. Is type 2 diabetes an operable intestinal disease? A provocative yet reasonable hypothesis. Diabetes Care. 2008;31 suppl 2:S290-6.

[4] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States. 2011.

[5] American Diabetes Association. The costs of diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy/news-events/cost-of-diabetes.html. Updated June 2015. Accessed July 29. 2015.

[6] Dall TM, Yang W, Halder, P, Pang B, Massoudi M, Wintfeld N, et al. The economic burden of elevated blood glucose levels in 2012: Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes, gestational diabetes mellitus, and prediabetes. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(12):3172-3179.

[7] Knowler WC, Barrett-Connor E, Fowler SE, et al. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002;346(6):393-403.

[8] Katula JA, Vitolins MZ, Morgan TM, et al. The healthy living partnerships to prevent diabetes study: 2-year outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med. 2013;44(4 Suppl 4):S324-32.

[9] Schulze MB. Primary prevention of diabetes: What can be done and how much can be prevented? Annu Rev Public Health. 2005;26(1):445.

[10] National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes? Taking steps to lower your risk of getting diabetes. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/type-2-diabetes-taking-steps-lower-your-risk-diabetes/Pages/index.aspx. Updated June 2012. Accessed July 29, 2015.