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Number (in Millions) of Adults with Diabetes by Diabetes Medication Status, United States, 1997–2011

From 1997 to 2011, the number of adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes who reported taking diabetes medication increased for those taking either insulin, pills, or both. The number of adults with diagnosed diabetes who did not report taking diabetes medication also increased during the period. For those taking insulin only, trends showed little or no change until 2007 and increased afterwards. In 2011, 17.7 million adults with diagnosed diabetes reported taking any medication (pills, insulin, or both), while 3.1 million (14.9%) did not report taking medication for diabetes.

Number of Adults with Diabetes Using Diabetes Medication, by Type of Medication, United States, 1997-2011. Links for data figures, sources, methods and data limitations, and detailed tables follow this image.

YearPills OnlyInsulin OnlyInsulin and
Any MedicationsNo Medication


Methods and Limitations

Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Interview Statistics, data from the National Health Interview Survey. Data analyzed by personnel in the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


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