Diabetes Statistics

 Key facts

  • In 2014 the global prevalence of diabetes * was estimated to be 9% among adults aged 18+ years (1).
  • In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes (2).
  • More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (2).
  • WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030 (3).
  • Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes (4).
  • One in three Americans could develop diabetes by 2050, says CDC









 Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States

Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.

          (It is estimated that in Cuyahoga alone, 10.8% of the population have diabetes.)  

Diagnosed: 21.0 million people.

Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).

Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood glucose levels, over a period of time, are the key contributing factors to the devastating complications of diabetes.  While people do not die from diabetes itself, death is related to the complications of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and nerve damage. 

National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014[PDF-5.31MB]
     In Spanish: Informe Nacional de Estadísticas de la Diabetes, 2014[PDF-4.6MB]





(1) Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2012.
(2) World Health Organization. Global Health Estimates: Deaths by Cause, Age, Sex and Country, 2000-2012. Geneva, WHO, 2014.
(3) Mathers CD, Loncar D. Projections of global mortality and burden of disease from 2002 to 2030. PLoS Med, 2006, 3(11):e442.
(4) Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2011.
(5) Definition, diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus and its complications. Part 1: Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1999 (WHO/NCD/NCS/99.2).
(6) Morrish NJ, Wang SL, Stevens LK, Fuller JH, Keen H. Mortality and causes of death in the WHO Multinational Study of Vascular Disease in Diabetes. Diabetologia 2001, 44 Suppl 2:S14–S21.
(7) Global data on visual impairments 2010. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2012.
(8) Roglic G, Unwin N, Bennett PH, Mathers C, Tuomilehto J, Nag S et al. The burden of mortality attributable to diabetes: realistic estimates for the year 2000. Diabetes Care, 2005, 28(9):2130–2135.

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