CDC: 9.3% of U.S. population has diabetes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014 this week and it’s not pretty.

The CDC now believes 29.1 million people, or 9.3% of the U.S. population, had diabetes in 2012, up from 26 million in 2010. It believes 21 million were diagnosed and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.

The CDC estimates the total costs of diabetes were $245 billion in 2012, up from $174 billion in 2010. Of that, $176 billion were direct costs (after adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than people without diabetes) and $69 billion were indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature death).

Other findings from the report:

  • Another 86 million adults, or one-third of the population, have blood sugar levels high enough to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes;
  • More than 200,000 children and teens have diabetes; and
  • Diabetes is about twice as common among blacks, Hispanics, American Indian and Alaskan native adults as among whites.