1 of 3 U.S. adults is at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Get the facts about diabetes in the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new estimates. Further, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of all Americans, and 11.3 percent of adults aged 20 years and older, according to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. About 27 percent of those with diabetes – 7 million Americans – do not know they have the disease. Prediabetes affects 35 percent of adults aged 20 years and older.
Other data from the fact sheet:
About 215,000 Americans younger than age 20 years have diabetes. Most diabetes among children and adolescents is type 1, which develops when the body can no longer make insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of blood glucose.
An estimated 1.9 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.
Racial and ethnic minorities continue to have higher rates of diabetes after adjusting for population age differences. For adults, diabetes rates were 16.1 percent for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 12.6 percent for blacks, 11.8 percent for Hispanics, 8.4 percent for Asian-Americans, and 7.1 percent for non-Hispanic whites.
- Additional National Diabetes Fact Sheet resources available include:
- Estimation methods document
- A press release
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- Downloadable 508 compliant PDF file of the Fact Sheet as well as ordering information for print copies
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Please utilize this comprehensive resource in electronic and print materials, scientific publications, educational tools, presentations and other products. Citation guidance is posted on the cover and last page of the Fact Sheet as well as posted below:
Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.
The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet was prepared in collaboration with a number of agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation