Diabetes Facts and Figures


  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developingtype 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will havediabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to decrease obesity through betternutrition and fitness.
  • Ohio ranks 46th (bottom quartile of the 50 states and District of Columbia) in the nation with 11.7% ofadults diagnosed with diabetes.
  • In Ohio, over 880,300 individuals have diabetes—In Central Ohio alone over220,000 have diabetes a number that increases by 8,000 each year. 40% ofpeople who have diabetes are undiagnosed.


  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for peoplewithout diabetes.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervedamage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexualdysfunction and other nerve problems.
  • Diabetes mellitus is the 7th leading cause of death in Ohio. However,according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), diabetes is likely to beunder-reported as a cause of death. More people will die from diabetescomplications this year than will die of breast cancer and AIDS combined.
  • Columbus’ African-American population has alarmingly high rates ofmortality due to diabetes
    • Complications develop prior to diagnosis formore than half of local people who are diagnosed with diabetes.
    • Local conditions identified as underlying reasons for higher rates ofdiabetes deaths and complications include: inability to afford medication; lack of insurance coverage for diabetic supplies, which discourages testing of blood sugar levels; inability to get fresh nutritional foods; insufficient diet instruction; lack of exercise, often due to other health conditions; lack of understanding as to the urgency and benefits of diabetes control and availability of community resources; and poor access to services and/or transportation.


  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost ofdiagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion (a 41% increase since thelast study was done in 2007).
  • One out of every ten health care dollars is spent on diabetes and itscomplications.
  • The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in totalhealthcare cost.
  • In the three congressional districts that make up Central Ohio, the directand indirect cost of diabetes is well over $1 billion.


  • You don’t have to be a statistic-Get screened for diabetes.
  • You can reduce your risk for diabetes & learn to manage diabetes througheducation and support.
  • Central Ohio Diabetes Association can help! Visit www.diabetesohio.org.
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