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Indicator Report - Diabetes Prevalence

Why Is This Important?

About 142,000 Utahns have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that can have devastating consequences. It is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-extremity amputation and renal failure. It is also the leading cause of blindness among adults younger than 75. It is one of the leading causes of heart disease.

Diabetes places an enormous burden on health care resources, approximately $245 billion is spent annually (in direct medical costs ($176 billion) and in indirect costs ($69 billion) such as disability, work loss, and premature death). (See National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014). In Utah, more than a billion dollars each year are spent on direct and indirect costs of diabetes.

A model using simulated data projected that diabetes incidence will increase from the current rate of 8 cases per 1,000 population to about 15 in 2050 nationwide. Prevalence of diabetes (including undiagnosed cases) can be as high as one of three Americans by 2050 (

Currently, about 80 million Americans aged 20 and older have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at high risk for developing diabetes. For many individuals, taking small steps, such as losing 5-7 percent of their weight or increasing physical activity, can help them delay or prevent developing diabetes.

Adults With Diabetes by Utah Small Area, 2009-2013

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These rates are based on BRFSS data collected through both landline and cell phones and use an improved weighting methodology. For more information about the new methodology, see http://health.utah/gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking/impact/2011.pdf.

Data Notes

"Don't know" and "Refused" responses were eliminated from the denominator.   Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.

*Use caution in interpreting 'West Jordan (NE) V2'; the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards.

^Due to Utah Small Area reclassification, rates for 'West Valley (East)', 'Kearns', and 'West Jordan (NE)' only include data for 2009-2011.

^^Due to Utah Small Area reclassification, rates for 'West Valley (East) V2', 'Kearns V2', 'Taylorsville (West)', and 'West Jordan (NE) V2' only include data for 2012-2013.

A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL:

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Percentage of Utah adults (18+) diagnosed with diabetes.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of Utah adults who reported being told by a health care professional that they have diabetes (excludes women who were told they had diabetes only during pregnancy or those who reported they had "borderline" or pre-diabetes).
Denominator: Utah adults 18 and over.

Page Content Updated On 10/27/2014, Published on 11/30/2014
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Content updated: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:17:39 MST