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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for Diabetes, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1979--2006

Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for Diabetes, by Race and Sex 
United States, 19792006

* Per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

Data for 2006 are preliminary.

§ In 1999, International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) replaced the previous revision of the ICD (ICD-9). This resulted in approximately 2% more deaths being classified as diabetes mellitus under ICD-10 (diagnosis codes E10--E14) than would be counted under ICD-9 (diagnosis code 250); therefore, death rates before 1999 are not exactly comparable with those computed after 1998.

Age-adjusted death rates for diabetes declined for whites and blacks from 2005 to 2006. This was the biggest drop in the diabetes death rate since 1999. The rate for black males, however, has generally increased and first surpassed the rate for black females in 2001.

SOURCE: Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Scott C, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2008;56(16). Available at and

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Date last reviewed: 8/6/2008


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