The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is now reporting that 14% of US adults had diabetes between 2013 and 2016, which means that 30 million Americans have diabetes.
Although 1 in 7 Americans does have diabetes, it is still under-diagnosed, with 9.7% of adults having diagnosed diabetes, and 4.3% having undiagnosed diabetes.
Diabetes continues to be a major cause of mortality in the United States, and Type2 diabetes, which tends to progress over time, can lead to other complications, including neuropathy and peripheral artery disease.
Other important findings include:
- the prevalence of diabetes is higher in men (15.9%) than women (12.2%)
- the prevalence of diabetes increases with age
- the prevalence of diabetes is higher in Hispanics, than non-Hispanics, and higher among non-Hispanic black adults, than non-Hispanic white adults
- the prevalence increases with increasing weight categories, so that those in the obese category have the highest prevalence of diabetes