Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and face its devastating consequences. What’s true nationwide is also true in Arizona.
Arizona’s diabetes epidemic:
Approximately 682,071 people in Arizona, or 12.5% of the adult population, diabetes.
- Of these, an estimated 172,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk.
- In addition, 1,796,000 people in Arizona, 37.5% of the adult population, have with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
- Every year an estimated 34,000 people in Arizona are diagnosed with diabetes.
- Diabetes is expensive:
Diabetes and cost an estimated $6.4 billion in Arizona each year.
The serious include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness – and death.
People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes.
- Total direct medical expenses for diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes and gestational diabetes in Arizona was estimated at $4.9 billion in 2012.
- In addition, another $1.5 billion was spent on indirect costs lost productivity due to diabetes. Improving lives, preventing diabetes and finding a cure:
In 2015, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health invested $10,085,465 in diabetes-related research projects in Arizona.
The Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC spent $1,941,335 on diabetes prevention and educational programs in Arizona in 2016.