Diabetes Statistics

Current Diabetes Statistics

On a higher level, diabetes has a human face of course, necessary to tackle the disease in a humane and compassionate manner. On another level, diabetes is all about numbers- costs, deaths and damages. Diabetes statistics have a sobering if not all too starkly blunt way of putting the disorder in a totally different perspective.

Current diabetes statistics compiled by the ADA show that 7% of the current national population or about 20.8 million children and adults have diabetes. Of this number, almost three-fourths know what they are suffering from while 6.2 million still remain in the dark

Diabetes statistics ranks

In terms of losses both of lives and medical costs, diabetes statistics ranks as the fifth deadliest disease in the nation and annual economic costs takes its toll in the billions of dollars. Since the late 80s, the death rate for diabetes related deaths has increased by 45 % even as the rates for heart disease, stroke and cancer have either plateaud or declined. By the year 2000, one out of every 10 dollars that is spent on health care is diabetes related easily topping the $100 billion dollar mark

Diabetes statistics also show certain discrepancies as a substantial numbers of cases involving elderly diabetes patients who die from multiple occurring complications due to diabetes such as vascular diseases and stroke are under-reported on death certificates. This means that the death toll for the disorder may be actually higher.

The diabetes statistics for those suffering from the disorder are broken down into the following according to the ADA; 9.3 million US women (8.7 percent of all women) 8.7 million US men (8.7 percent of all men) 206,000 people are under age of 20 while 8.6 million are adults over the age of 60.

The ADA further reports that the diabetes statistics as segmented into different ethnicities are the following: 2.7 million African Americans (11.4 percent of all African Americans), 2 million Latino/Americans (8.2 percent of all Hispanic/Latino Americans), and 12.5 million Caucasian Americans (8.2 percent of all Caucasian Americans).

In terms of ethnicities, African Americans are 2 times more probably to build up diabetes compared to Caucasian Americans. As expected, obesity has the tendency to become a major risk factor in developing diabetes among African Americans, specifically very prevalent among African-American women.

Diabetes statistics around the world

In the Latin population, diabetes statistics show that Latino/ Hispanic Americans are 2 times more probably to get diabetes than are Caucasian Americans and also, other Latino/ Hispanic Americans are 2 times more probably to acquire diabetes than the non-Hispanic whites. The current number places approximately 2 million or 10% of all Hispanic / Latino Americans have diabetes. Among Indian tribes and Alaskan natives, their risk is nearly twice that of Caucasian Americans. Among Pacific Islander Americans and Asian Americans, statistical data on diabetes prevalence is difficult to find. Some studies do show that some groups among Pacific Islander Americans and Asian Americans have a higher risk in building up type 2 diabetes judged against their non-Hispanic white equivalent. There is also a study showing that Native Hawaiians are 2.5 times more probably to build up diabetes compared to non-Hispanic white Hawaiians (ADA).