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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.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death, Utah and U.S., 1999-2018

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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 2018 death rates from diabetes have remained relatively the same.

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

Data Notes

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

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 were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2008 to 2018 death rates from diabetes have remained relatively the same.

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 Pragram meet 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: 10/25/2019

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Content updated: Thu, 7 Nov 2019 15:38:49 MST