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Diabetes Report Card 2012: National and State Profile of Diabetes and Its Complications

Diagnosed Diabetes

Table 1 presents the percentages of U.S. adults who report that they have ever been told that they have diabetes, by state. Data for people with undiagnosed diabetes are not included. The estimates in Table 1 are based on data from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS is an ongoing, state-based, household telephone survey of the U.S. population aged 18 years or older. Estimates range from 5.8% in Vermont to 11.3% in Mississippi.

For Figure 3, CDC used data from the BRFSS and the U.S. Census Bureau to develop model-based county estimates of adults with diagnosed diabetes. County-level estimates allow community leaders and health care providers to identify local areas that would benefit most from diabetes prevention and control efforts.

Table 1. Percentage of U.S. Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes, by State, 2010

StatePercentage (%)
Alabama11.1
Alaska6.3
Arizona8.1
Arkansas9.2
California8.9
Colorado6.0
Connecticut6.4
Delaware7.7
District of Columbia8.0
Florida8.7
Georgia9.8
Hawaii7.8
Idaho7.7
Illinois8.2
Indiana9.1
Iowa6.9
Kansas8.0
Kentucky10.1
Louisiana10.3
Maine7.4
Maryland8.9
Massachusetts7.2
Michigan9.2
Minnesota6.2
Mississippi11.3
Missouri8.0
Montana6.2
Nebraska7.1
Nevada8.1
New Hampshire7.0
New Jersey8.3
New Mexico8.1
New York8.4
North Carolina9.3
North Dakota6.9
Ohio9.4
Oklahoma10.1
Oregon7.2
Pennsylvania8.7
Rhode Island6.8
South Carolina9.9
South Dakota6.4
Tennesse10.2
Texas9.8
Utah7.1
Vermont5.8
Virginia8.1
Washington7.4
West Virginia10.7
Wisconsin7.1
Wyoming6.6

Data were age adjusted. See Technical Notes for more details.
Source: National Diabetes Surveillance System, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data.

Figure 3: Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged >=20 Years with Diagnosed Diabetes, by County, 2008
Figure 3: Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged >=20 Years with Diagnosed Diabetes, by County, 2008
Data were age adjusted. See Technical Notes
Source: National Diabetes Surveillance System, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data and U.S.Census Bureau (Population Estimates Program) data.

Figure 3 shows the distribution of diagnosed diabetes across the United States, with percentages generally higher in the Southeast. CDC used these data to define a geographic area, called the diabetes belt, where the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes is especially high. This area includes 644 counties in 15 states.9

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