DefinitionDiabetes as the underlying cause of death refers to the first-listed cause of death with ICD-10 codes E10-E14.
NumeratorNumber of deaths with diabetes as the underlying cause of death.
DenominatorNumber of Utah residents.
Why Is This Important?Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death. It is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S and in Utah.
Healthy People Objective D-3:Reduce the diabetes death rate
U.S. Target: 66.6 deaths per 100,000 population
State Target: 22.0 deaths per 100,000 population
How Are We Doing?Utah death rates have declined steadily since 1999.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Rates for diabetes deaths in Utah are consistently higher than those for the U.S.
Age-adjusted rates are used in this indicator to account for the differences in age composition between the U.S. and Utah. In 2014, in the U.S., the age-adjusted rate was 20.9 per 100,000, while in Utah the rate was 24.1. In 2014, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause for 567 deaths in Utah.
What Is Being Done?Diabetes educators play a prominent role in providing information about nutrition, exercise, and blood glucose monitoring. Diabetes education for all people with diabetes is encouraged. The Utah Healthy Living through Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program promotes diabetes education throughout the state.
EPICC also provides monthly Telehealth broadcasts to update health care professionals on the latest diabetes treatments and research. EPICC meets with representatives from local health insurance plans to discuss opportunities for quality improvement in treatment for their clients with diabetes.
Evidence-based PracticesDiabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) has been shown to improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes. Education programs may be certified by the American Diabetes Association or the Association of Diabetes Educators. The DPCP has a list of education programs on its website at [http://www.choosehealth.utah.gov].
Health Program InformationEPICC works with health care providers, including diabetes educators, community health centers, and health plans to improve the care provided to Utahns with diabetes.