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.
How Are We Doing?Utah death rates from diabetes were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2008 to 2018 death rates from diabetes have remained relatively the same.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Between 1999 to 2008 rates for diabetes deaths in Utah were consistently higher than those for the U.S. However, since 2008 Utah now has similar death rates for diabetes compared to 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 2018 the rate was 23.5. In 2018, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause for 629 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 ([http://choosehealth.utah.gov/ EPICC]) Program promotes diabetes education throughout the state.
Staff from the EPICC Pragram meet 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 ([https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/education.html 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 available in Utah is available at [https://livingwell.utah.gov/program.php?grp=diab].
Health Program InformationStaff from the [http://choosehealth.utah.gov/ EPICC] Program work with health care providers, including diabetes educators, dietitians, pharmacists, community health centers, community health workers, work-sites, and health plans to improve the care provided to Utahns with diabetes.