Diabetes Report Card 2019

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The Diabetes Report Card pdf icon[PDF – 3MB] provides current information on the status of diabetes and its complications in the United States. It has been published every 2 years since 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This publication includes information and data on diabetes, preventive care practices, health outcomes, and risk factors such as race, ethnicity, level of education, and prediabetes. It also includes information about national trends and, to the extent possible, progress made by the states to meet national goals for improving diabetes care and reducing health care costs and the rate of new cases.

Public health professionals, policy makers, state health departments, and communities can use these data to focus their type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management efforts on areas of greatest need.1,2

Diabetes 2019 Report Card

What’s New?

  • In the past decade, the annual rate of new cases of diabetes among US adults has been going down overall.
  • Diabetes-related complications have increased among young adults aged 18–44 years and among middle-aged adults aged 45–64 years.
  • The rate of new cases of diabetes among children and adolescents continues to grow.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 adolescents aged 12–18 years and 1 in 4 young adults aged 19–34 years have prediabetes.

Diabetes Overview

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Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar. When a person has diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin (type 1) or is unable to properly use insulin (type 2). When the body does not have enough insulin or cannot use it properly, blood sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

People with diabetes can develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). High blood sugar, particularly when combined with high blood pressure and high triglycerides, can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputations of the legs and feet, and even early death.

Diabetes is also associated with increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as liver, pancreas, uterine, colon, breast, and bladder cancer.3 High blood sugar also increases a person’s chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.4 In addition, the average medical costs for people with diagnosed diabetes are 2.3 times higher than costs for people without diabetes.5 These higher costs are often caused by diabetes-related health conditions and resulting hospitalizations.

People with diabetes, their caregivers and health care providers, departments of health, policy makers, and community organizations can help to reduce the risk of serious diabetes-related complications.

For people with diabetes, research6–10 shows that:

  • Blood sugar management can reduce the risk of eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve disease by 40%.
  • Blood pressure management can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 33% to 50% and decline in kidney function by 30% to 70%.
  • Cholesterol management can reduce cardiovascular complications by 20% to 50%.
  • Regular eye exams and timely treatment could prevent up to 90% of diabetes-related blindness.
  • Regular foot exams and patient education could prevent up to 85% of diabetes-related amputations.

Report Pages

Technical Notes

The estimates in this report were calculated by staff from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation and are available in more detail in CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020 and from the USDSS. Diabetes data are from the US Census Bureau, the Indian Health Service’s National Data Warehouse, the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, and various surveys and data collection systems. These systems include the BRFSS, the National Health Interview Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Hospital Discharge Survey, and the National Vital Statistics System.

To make meaningful comparisons between states and over time, we used the US Census Bureau’s 2000 US standard population to age-adjust our estimated rates. Age adjustment is a statistical process applied to rates of diseases, injuries, and health outcomes. It allows comparisons between communities with different age structures because it proportions rates to a standard age structure. Three-year moving averages are sometimes used to improve the precision of estimates. State estimates in this report card are based on BRFSS data. Because of the limitations of self-reported data in surveys, these estimates may underreport the rates of diagnosed diabetes and prediabetes in the US population.


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Purpose of This Report

This report is required under the Catalyst to Better Diabetes Care Act of 2009 (Section 10407 of Public Law 111-148). This act calls for a diabetes report card that includes information and data about diabetes, prediabetes, preventive care practices, risk factors, quality of care, diabetes outcomes, and, to the extent possible, trend and state data.

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Report Card 2019. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2020.


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Page last reviewed: January 4, 2021