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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 and in Utah.
The rate for the state is 23.0 (22.3-24.7) deaths per 100,000 population. American Indians and Pacific Islanders have death rates that are statistically significantly higher than the state rate.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death (Age-adjusted Rates) by Race, Utah, 2009-2011


All races may be of Hispanic/Latino or Non-Hispanic/Latino ethnicity.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics, Bridged-race estimates of the resident population of the United States for July 1, 2000-July 1, 2011 (Vintage 2011) prepared under a collaborative arrangement with the U.S. Census Bureau


Diabetes as the underlying cause of death refers to the first-listed cause of death with ICD-10 codes E10.0-E14.99.


Number of deaths with diabetes as the underlying cause of death.


Number of Utah residents.

Healthy People Objective D-3:

Reduce the diabetes death rate
U.S. Target: 65.8 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. The difference between U.S. and Utah is greater when adjusted for age differences in population composition. In 2011, in the U.S., the age-adjusted rate was 21.7 per 100,000, while in Utah the rate was 25.7. In 2013, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause for 577 deaths in Utah. For more information on U.S. rates, see National Vital Statistics Reports 2011, 60 (3):5, 76.

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 Practices

Diabetes 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, the Association of Diabetes Educators, or the state of Utah. The DPCP has a list of education programs on its website at

Available Services

The 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. Utah Medical Association 540 East 500 South Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 355-7477 Utah Diabetes Center Research Park 615 Arapeen Drive Salt Lake City, UT (801) 581-7761 American Heart Association 1937 S. 300 W. #120 Salt Lake City, UT 84115 (801) 484-3838 or 1-800-242-8721 Association of Diabetes Educators

Health Program Information

EPICC 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 10/29/2014, Published on 11/05/2014
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