Diabetes Statistics - United States and Canada
This page offers diabetes statistics for
both all types of diabetes (Type 1 diabetes,
type 2 diabetes,
and gestational diabetes).
In adults diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes1:
- 14% take insulin only
- 13% take both insulin and oral medication
- 57% take oral medication only
- 16% do not take either insulin or oral medication.
Approximate diagnosed diabetes in the United States (2007)1:
Estimated undiagnosed diabetes in the United States (2007)1:
Approximate number of people over 20 years old diagnosed with diabetes in the United States (2007)1:
- 20 years or older: 23.5 million
- 60 years or older: 12.2 million
- Men: 12.0 million
- Women: 11.5 million
Number of people younger than 20 years old diagnosed with diabetes in the United States (2007)1:
Complications of Diabetes:1
- Diabetic adults are 2 to 4 times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes.
- Diabetics are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer a stroke.
- Diabetes is the leading cause for new blindess in adults 20-74 years of age.
- Diabetes is the leading cause for kidney failure.
- Approximately 60% to 70% of diabetics have some form of nerve damage.
- Over 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in diabetics.
- Dental disease is more common in diabetics.
Estimated medical costs of treating diabetes: 3
- The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 is $245 billion. This is a 41% increase since 2007.
- Of the $245 billion, $176 billion is from direct medical costs, and the remaining $69 billion is
attributed to reduced productivity.
- People who have been diagnosed with diabetes have medical costs that are
approximately 2.3 times higher (on average) than those people with diabetes.
For people with pre-diabetes or at risk for diabetes, lifestyle changes
prevented the disease by:1
- 58% over 3 years
- 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.
Approximate number of people in Canada diagnosed with diabetes (2008-2009): 2
- 2.4 million Canadians
- 6.4% of Canadian females (aged 1 year or older) were diagnosed with diabetes
- 7.2% of all males (aged 1 year or older) were diagnosed
- 8.7% of the adult population (aged 20 years or older) were diagnosed with diabetes
- For people aged 75-79 years, 23.1% of females and 28.5% of males were diagnosed with diabetes
- More than 50% of the affected Canadian population are between 25 and 64 years of age
- Highest numbers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario
- Lowest numbers in the Nunavut, Alberta, and Quebec
Prevalence of Diabetes (2010): 2
- The highest prevalence of diabetes was found in the USA, followed by Portugal, and then Canada.
- The International Diabetes Federation estimated that diabetes among adults aged 20 to 79 years was
6.4%, or about 285 million people worldwide.
Future Projections: 2
- By 2018/19, it's estimated that 3.7 million Canadians will have been diagnosed with diabetes.
- This represents an increase of 56% over 2008/09 numbers.
Sources for diabetes statistics:
1 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
2 Public Health Agency Canada
3 American Diabetes Association
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.