Diabetes in the United States
West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes at 15 percent. The 11 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. Nationwide, diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years — from 5.5 percent (1994) to 9.3 percent in 2012. More than 29 million American adults have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes. The CDC projects that one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050. More than one quarter of seniors (ages 65 and older) have diabetes (25.9 percent, or 11 million seniors). Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for around $245 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year. (Note: The reported diabetes rates are crude rates from 2011-2014 and age-adjusted rates for 2015 and 2016.)
Diabetes Rate by State,
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