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QuickStats: Number of Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes* and Number of Ambulatory Care Visits Related to Diabetes --- United States, 1997--2004

* Estimated from self-reported responses during in-person interviews to the question, "Have you ever been told by a doctor or health professional that you have diabetes or sugar diabetes?"

Ambulatory care visits include those made to physician offices and hospital outpatient departments during the preceding 12 months. Diabetes-related visits are those made by persons with a first-, second-, or third-listed diagnosis of diabetes (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes 250.00--250.99).

§ The weighting methodology for physician office visits for 2003 and 2004 differed from the method used during 1997--2002, which increased the relative number of visit estimates in 2003 and 2004 compared with preceding years (available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad365.pdf).

Whereas the estimated number of persons in the United States increased by approximately 8% during 1997--2004, the number of persons with diabetes in the United States increased by approximately 50%, from 10.1 million in 1997 to 15.2 million in 2004. The estimated number of diabetes-related visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient departments also increased by approximately 41% during this period.

SOURCES: National Health Interview Surveys, 1997--2004. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/ahcd/ahcd1.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 8/3/2006

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