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. In 2017, in Utah, diabetes as a cause of death dropped from seventh to eighth place.
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/
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.