As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans—9.4% of the US population—have diabetes, and another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, according to a recently released report from the CDC.
As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans—9.4% of the US population—have diabetes, and another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, according to a recently released report from the CDC. The National Diabetes Statistics Report, released approximately every 2 years, provides information on diabetes prevalence and incidence, prediabetes, risk factors for complications, acute and long-term complications, mortality, and costs in the United States.
Although the findings indicate that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses is holding steady, thanks in large part to diabetes management and prevention programs, diabetes remained the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. The report also includes county-level data for the first time and shows that some areas of the country bear a heavier diabetes burden than others.
Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report include the following:
To reduce the impact of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (T2D), officials with the CDC established the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), which provides the framework for T2D prevention efforts in the United States. Based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program research findings funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National DPP includes an evidence-based, year-long, behavior change program to improve eating habits and increase physical activity to lose a modest amount of weight and significantly reduce the risk of T2D.