Americans and Diabetes: Get the Facts

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Today, diabetes is affecting millions of Americans.

Today, diabetes is affecting millions of Americans.

In 2010, among adults aged 20 years or older, roughly 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed due to diabetes. Does this surprise you? Premier Prosthetics wants to take this opportunity to explore the staggering facts on how diabetes is really effecting the American population.

The American Diabetes Association in June 2014 released the following statistics in its National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014. Except where noted, the information reflects data from 2012, the most recent year for which statistics have been compiled.


29.1 million Americans – 9.3% of the population – had diabetes, up from 25.8 million in 2010.

  • Diagnosed: 21 million
  • Undiagnosed: 8.1 million


Age distribution:

  • 65 and over: 9%
  • 45-64: 2%
  • 20-44: 1%


New cases:

  • 7 million, down from 1.9 million in 2010.


Complications of diabetes:

  • Seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. (but may be higher due to under-reporting) in 2010.
  • Hypertension – Among adults age 18 and above diagnosed with diabetes, 71% had blood pressure above 140/90 or were taking medication to lower their blood pressure, 2009-2012.
  • Heart attacks – Hospitalizations for heart attack were 1.8 times higher among adults age 20 and older with diabetes than among those without diagnosed diabetes – 2010.
  • Stroke: In 2010, hospitalizations for stroke were 1.5 times higher among adults age 20 and older with diagnosed diabetes than for those without diagnosed diabetes.
  • Kidney disease: Diabetes was the primary cause of kidney failure in 44% of all cases in America in 2011.
  • Eye problems and blindness: 28.5% of adults with diabetes age 40 and over had diabetic retinopathy damage to the small blood vessels in the retina that may result in vision loss.
  • About 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people with diagnosed diabetes.


As you can see, diabetes is having a huge effect on the American population. But there is hope. With proper management, you can live with diabetes just as you would without it. Learn more in our next blog! If you have any questions for Premier Prosthetics, give us a call today!

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