Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Diabetes as Underlying Cause
Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death. It is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2017, in Utah, diabetes as a cause of death dropped from seventh to eighth place.
Members of the Hispanic population had a slightly higher age-adjusted death rate than members of the non-Hispanic population.
Death Rates for Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death by Ethnicity, Utah, 2015-2017
NotesAge-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population using three age groups (0-44, 45-64, 65 and over).
- Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2017
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.
How Are We Doing?Utah death rates from diabetes have declined 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 2017, in the U.S., the age-adjusted rate was 21.5 per 100,000 population. For Utah in 2017 the rate was 22.9. In 2017, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause for 596 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 and Support (DSMES) 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. A list of DSMES programs in Utah is available at [http://livingwell.utah.gov/ livingwell.utah.gov].
Available ServicesThe Utah Department of Health has a Health Resource hotline: 1-888-222-2542. Please call this number for information about self-management programs in Utah. The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) website provides information of diabetes self-management classes. For information, please visit [http://www.choosehealth.utah.gov/your-health/lifestyle-change/dsme.php]. American Diabetes Association[[br]] [http://www.diabetes.org/][[br]] 888-DIABETES Association of Diabetes Educators [[br]] [http://www.diabeteseducator.org][[br]] 800-338-3633 American Heart Association[[br]] 1937 S. 300 W. #120[[br]] Salt Lake City, UT 84115[[br]] (801) 484-3838 or[[br]] 1-800-242-8721[[br]] [http://www.heart.org] Association of Diabetes Educators [[br]] [http://www.diabeteseducator.org] Also see [http://livingwell.utah.gov/ livingwell.utah.gov] for a list of diabetes education classes in Utah.
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.
Page Content Updated On 12/18/2018, Published on 12/19/2018