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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.
Diabetes death rates for Utah have exceeded rates for the U.S. In general, death rates for diabetes for both the U.S. and Utah have been declining. Diabetes death rate for U.S. for 2015 are currently not available.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death, Utah and U.S., 1999-2015


Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using 11 age groups. [[br]] ICD-10 codes were used to define causes of death beginning in 1999. [[br]] For U.S. data for years 1999-2014 are available through CDC WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.[[br]] U.S. data for all other years is drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report available at [].

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2015
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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


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: 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 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 or the Association of Diabetes Educators. 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. The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) website provides information of diabetes self-management classes. For information, please visit []. American Diabetes Association[[br]] 4424 South 700 East, Suite 100[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah 84107[[br]] 801-363-3024 [[br]] 888-DIABETES Utah Diabetes Center[[br]] Research Park[[br]] 615 Arapeen Drive[[br]] Salt Lake City, UT[[br]] (801) 581-7761[[br]] [] 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]] [] Association of Diabetes Educators [[br]] []

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 12/02/2016, Published on 12/15/2016
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:44 MDT