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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

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 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 8/3/2006


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