Health Indicator Report of Prediabetes
The American Diabetes Association defines "prediabetes" as a fasting plasma glucose level between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL. A1C tests are commonly used for diagnosing prediabetes. A1C levels greater than or equal to 5.7% and less than 6.5% are used to indicate prediabetes. Another test used is the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. Values between 140 mg/dL and 199 mg/dL indicate prediabetes. Although blood sugar levels for prediabetes do not meet the clinical threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes, individuals with prediabetes still have an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. However, many people with prediabetes are unaware of their condition. Once individuals are aware of that they have prediabetes and of their increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular complications, they can make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or at least delay progression to type 2 diabetes. Steps can be taken to prevent progression to diabetes. Simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Without making lifestyle changes, approximately half of individuals diagnosed with prediabetes progress to diabetes within ten years. More information about the clinical thresholds for prediabetes can be found at [http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diagnosis].
In 2017, Utah reported a lower adult prediabetes rate (8.7%) than the U.S. (10.0%).
Percentage of Adults With Prediabetes by Year, Utah and U.S., 2011-2017
NotesIn 2016, Utah BRFSS modified its methodology for age adjustment to increase precision of the estimates. With this change Utah data is more consistent with both the U.S. and other states using IBIS. Data used in graphs from 2011 forward have been updated to reflect this change. [[br]]Prediabetes questions were not asked in Utah in 2015. Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. [[br]] U.S. data does not include U.S. territories, but does include Dist. of Columbia. [[br]] Beginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. Comparisons between 2011 and prior years should be made with caution. More details about these changes can be found at: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.pdf].
- Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
- U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Data Interpretation IssuesData for this indicator come from the Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a telephone survey that asks respondents to report if they had ever been told by a health care professional if they had prediabetes. The term "prediabetes" is often called impaired fasting glucose or insulin resistance. It is also sometimes referred to as "borderline diabetes." An individual may actually have "prediabetes" but respond with "No," as the health care provider may not have actually said he/she had prediabetes.
- Age-adjusted Rates by Local Health District, Utah, 2014 and 2016-2017
- (Crude Rates) by Age and Sex, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Ethnicity, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Sex, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Education, Utah Adults 25+, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Body Mass Index, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Cholesterol Level, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Hypertension Status, Utah, 2017
- Age-adjusted Rates by Utah Small Area, 2009, 2011-2014, 2016, and 2017 (all available years)
DefinitionPercentage of adults who have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they have prediabetes or borderline diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which an individual's blood sugar level is elevated but not high enough to reach a clinical diagnosis for diabetes.
NumeratorNumber of adults who have been told by a doctor they have prediabetes.
DenominatorAll Utah adults.
Healthy People Objective D-1:Reduce the annual number of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the population
U.S. Target: 7.2 new cases per 1,000 population aged 18 to 84 years
State Target: 7.2 new cases per 1,000 population aged 18 to 84 years
How Are We Doing?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about one-third of U.S. adults (aged 20 and over) have prediabetes. Most people with prediabetes do not know they have it. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has been working to increase awareness of prediabetes. In 2013, 5.8% of adults reported they had been told by a health care provider that they had prediabetes. Data collected in 2017 (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) showed this percentage increased to 8.1% (crude rates). While this increased rate may be partly due to a true increase, it is also likely reflects the increased awareness by providers and patients.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Adults in the U.S. generally have a higher rate of being diagnosed with prediabetes than adults in Utah. National data from 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) indicated that 10.2% (crude rate) of adults in the U.S. had been told by a doctor or other health professional that have prediabetes. In Utah, about 8.1% (crude rate) of adults have been told by a provider that they have prediabetes (BRFSS 2017). The actual percentages in Utah and in the U.S. are probably much higher. About 86 million Americans (roughly 35% of adults aged 20 years and older) may actually have prediabetes.
What Is Being Done?In 2013, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) received funding to increase awareness of prediabetes. While it may seem counterintuitive, the UDOH is working towards increasing the rate of prevalence of prediabetes in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. National data suggest that many individuals have prediabetes but have not been told so by a health care provider and are not aware they have it. The UDOH is working to increase awareness of this condition among health care providers as well as individuals at risk.
Evidence-based PracticesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) as part of its efforts to prevent diabetes. The DPRP provides recognition to qualified organizations that can effectively deliver a lifestyle change intervention program. In most states, participants pay to attend the program. The program consists of 16 sessions taught by a trained lifestyle coach. The program includes at least six additional follow-up sessions. DPRP-recognized programs submit reports to DPRP every six months with data on participants' progress. More information is available at [http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/recognition/index.htm].
Available ServicesYou can find and enroll in National Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based health program for prediabetes at [http://livingwell.utah.gov/ws_find.php].
Health Program InformationIncreasing awareness of prediabetes is a primary goal for the Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program. EPICC supports environmental and policy changes that will assist individuals in their efforts to increase physical activity and increase consumption of healthful fruits and vegetables and nutritious beverages. EPICC's ultimate goal is to provide a sustainable environment that promotes healthful behaviors.
Page Content Updated On 11/14/2018, Published on 11/15/2018