On Tuesday, Feb. 18 the CDC/Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) released the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, which provides the latest findings on the state of diabetes in the United States.
This document is intended to provide up-to-date scientific data and statistics on diabetes and its burden in the United States. Formerly known as the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, this consensus document is written primarily for a scientific audience.
Some key findings from the report include the following:
- Prevalence of Diabetes & Prediabetes: currently 34.2 million Americans (1 in 10) have diabetes and 88 million American adults (1 in 3) have prediabetes.
- Incidence: 1.5 million American adults 18 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes.
- Health complications: Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, 37% had chronic kidney disease (stages 1 through 4); and fewer than 25% with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease (stage 3 or 4) were aware of their condition.
- Risk factors for health complications: Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, 15% were cigarette smokers, 89% were overweight or had obesity, and 38% were physically inactive.
- Mortality rates: In 2017, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
- Costs: In 2017, diagnosed diabetes and its related complications accounted for $327 billion in medical cost and lost work and wages.