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Diabetes Stats & Facts


  • 25.8 million Americans aged 20 and older have diabetes, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million remain undiagnosed.
  • In Massachusetts, more than 7 percent of residents had diabetes in 2009, a 4.1 percent increase over 2000.
  • In 2009, 7 percent of Massachusetts adults were diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
  • Diabetes is more prevalent among Massachusetts African-Americans (12.8 percent), Asians (16 percent), and Hispanics (14.2 percent) than Whites (6.5 percent).
  • If present trends continue, one in three Americans, and one in two minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

The Impact

  • According to a New England Healthcare Institute study, three out of five people with diabetes have at least one complication; one out of three has two complications, and one in 13 has five complications.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than twice as high than for those without diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • From 2002 - 2007, 1,300 Massachusetts residents died each year from diabetes. This means that nearly four residents died from diabetes each day.
  • Diabetes is thought to be under-reported as a cause of death because many times deaths are attributed to complications (heart disease, stroke, kidney disease) rather than the disease itself.
  • Diabetes costs the United States at least $174 billion a year, one of every 10 healthcare dollars.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted November 2012

Contact Information

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Building
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Joslin Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center
A Clinical Partner of BIDMC
One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215