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PHOM Indicator Profile Report of Deaths due to Diabetes as Underlying Cause

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.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death, Utah and U.S., 1999-2017

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Diabetes death rates for Utah have exceeded rates for the U.S. In general, death rates for diabetes for both the U.S. and Utah have been declining.

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 2017
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using 11 age groups. [[br]] ICD-10 codes were used to define causes of death beginning in 1999. [[br]] For U.S., data are available through CDC WONDER Online Database

Risk Factors

Risk factors for diabetes include age, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, family history, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. The more risk factors a person has, the greater his or her chance of developing diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person's blood sugar levels are elevated but not quite high enough to meet the clinical threshold for diabetes. Unless steps are taken, most people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes. Having had gestational diabetes during pregnancy is also a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

How Are We Doing?

Utah death rates from diabetes have declined since 1999.

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.

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 12/18/2018

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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:27 MDT