Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the United States. That's 9.3% of the entire US population. On the other hand, 366 million people worldwide have diabetes, although this number is predicted to increase to 552 million by 2030. 26% of people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States use insulin. As of March 6, 2013, Americans spent $245 billion for diabetes: $176 billion for direct medical costs, and $69 billion in reduced productivity.

Seventh Leading Cause of Death

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US, with 69,071 death certificates listing diabetes as the underlying cause. Additionally, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 234,051 death certificates. The percentage of Americans ages 65 and older having diabetes is at 25.9%.

Risk of Death

Overall, the risk of death for people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than people of the same age with the same or similar health problems. If we don't change our lifestyle and if we don't watch what we eat, how we exercise, and how we control our weight, these numbers are going to get bigger and bigger.


In 2012, it was estimated that 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older had pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetics have an increased risk of becoming Type 2 diabetics.