Statistics About Diabetes Overall numbers Prevalence:
In 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5% of the population, had diabetes. Nearly 1.6 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, including about 187,000 children and adolescents.
Undiagnosed: Of the 34.2 million adults with diabetes, 26.8 million were diagnosed, and 7.3 million were undiagnosed. Prevalence in seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 26.8%, or 14.3 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed). New cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Prediabetes: In 2015, 88 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes. Diabetes in youth About 210,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.25% of that population. In 2014—2015, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 18,200 with type 1 diabetes, 5,800 with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes by race/ethnicity The rates of diagnosed diabetes in adults by race/ethnic background are: 7.5% of non-Hispanic whites 9.2% of Asian Americans 12.5% of Hispanics 11.7% of non-Hispanic blacks 14.7% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives The breakdown among Asian Americans: 5.6% of Chinese 10.4% of Filipinos 12.6% of Asian Indians 9.9% of other Asian Americans
The breakdown among Hispanic adults: 8.3% of Central and South Americans 6.5% of Cubans 14.4% of Mexican Americans 12.4% of Puerto Ricans Deaths Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2017 based on the 83,564 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. In 2017, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 270,702 certificates. Diabetes may be underreported as a cause of death.
Studies have found that only about 35% to 40% of people with diabetes who died had diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate and about 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.