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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.
Diabetes death rates in Utah, in general, exceed U.S. diabetes death rates. Utah death rates from diabetes were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2008 to 2019 death rates from diabetes have remained relatively the same.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death, Utah and U.S., 1999-2019


Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using 11 age groups.

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 2018
  • U.S. Underlying Cause of Death Data: WONDER Online Database. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Accessed at []
  • 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.

How Are We Doing?

Utah death rates from diabetes were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2009 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 ([ EPICC]) Program promotes diabetes education throughout the state. Staff from the EPICC Program meet 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 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 available in Utah is available 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 on diabetes self-management classes. [ American Diabetes Association][[br]] 888-DIABETES [ Association of Diabetes Educators] [[br]] 800-338-3633[[br]] Local Chapter: [] [ 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]] Also see a list of [ diabetes education classes in Utah], and a list of [ diabetes prevention classes in Utah].

Health Program Information

Staff from the [ 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.
Page Content Updated On 11/10/2020, Published on 11/10/2020
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