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Statistics

Statistics

General diabetes statistics

Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people in the U.S. (90 to 95 percent have type 2 diabetes)--18.8 million have been diagnosed, but 7 million are unaware they have the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association and the CDC, those affected include:

According to the most recent statistics, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death, and the fifth leading cause of death from disease in 2007. Diabetes costs $116 billion annually in direct medical costs. Diabetes costs $58 billion annually in indirect costs (loss of work, disability, loss of life).

Diabetes prevalence by race

Certain ethnic groups tend to be more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes. Several risk factors contribute to this pattern, including the following:

Diabetes risk among African-Americans

African-Americans are two times more likely to develop diabetes than Caucasian Americans. Obesity tends to be one of the major risk factors for developing diabetes in African-Americans, especially African-American women. Other facts about African-Americans and diabetes include the following:

Diabetes risk among Hispanic Americans

More than 10 percent of all Hispanic Americans (2 million) have diabetes. Hispanic Americans are twice as likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Other facts about Hispanic Americans and diabetes include the following:

Diabetes risk among American Indians and Alaska Natives

American Indians and Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely to develop diabetes as are Caucasian Americans. Other facts about American Indians and Alaska Natives and diabetes include the following:

Diabetes risk among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders

Data concerning diabetes prevalence among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander Americans is limited. Some groups among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander Americans appear to be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes compared with their non-Hispanic white counterparts. Other facts about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans and diabetes include the following:

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