Deaths and Cost


  • Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. This finding is based on 79,535 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death (crude rate, 24.7 per 100,000 persons).5
  • Diabetes was listed as any cause of death on 252,806 death certificates in 2015 (crude rate, 78.7 per 100,000 persons).5


  • The total direct and indirect estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012 was $245 billion.6
  • Average medical expenditures for people with diagnosed diabetes were about $13,700 per year. About $7,900 of this amount was attributed to diabetes.6
  • After adjusting for age group and sex, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were about 2.3 times higher than expenditures for people without diabetes.6


  1. Mayer-Davis EJ, Lawrence JM, Dabelea D, et al. Incidence trends of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youths, 2002–2012. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:1419–1429.
  2. Murphy D, McCulloch CE, Lin F, et al. Trends in prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the United States. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:473–481.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance Project website. Accessed June 16, 2017.
  4. United States Renal Data System. 2016 USRDS Annual Data Report: Epidemiology of Kidney Disease in the United States. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health; 2016.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About Underlying Cause of Death 1999–2015. CDC WONDER Database. Updated December 2016. Accessed April 4, 2017.
  6. American Diabetes Association. Economic costs of diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(4):1033–1046.

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2017

Page last reviewed: February 20, 2018