Diabetes Disparities Prevalence

Geographic Disparities

A 2008 Center for Disease Control (CDC) study of state-specific incidence of diabetes among adults shows that the number of cases of diabetes has been highest in the South (approximately 11 per 1,000 people). The U.S. Census regions in the Northeast (8-9 per 1,000) and Midwest (7-8 per 1,000) follow close behind. The ten states in the highest quartile included: Arizona; Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and West Virginia. In addition, during the 2005-2007 periods, the states with the highest number of yearly new cases of diabetes were California (approximately 208,000 annually), Texas (156,000), and Florida (139,000).

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Future Impact of Diabetes and Ethnic Disparities by State

The Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) projects estimates of the burden of diabetes for each 50 states and 13 major metropolitan areas for the years 2000, 2010, 2015, and 2025. Reports for each state include: State Data and Forecasts; African-American Brief; Asian-American Brief; Hispanic-American Brief; Native-American Brief; and a Senior Brief. Access IAF’s interactive map at http://altfutures.org/diabetes2025/.


U.S. Diabetes Index

Women In Government has partnered with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) to provide individualized reports of the diabetes health index in specific districts. The U.S. Diabetes Index (USDI) report contains up-to-date information about diabetes prevalence, per patient costs, hospitalization costs, and disparities, to inform legislators about where diabetes health inequity resides.

To obtain a USDI Report of your district visit: