The Impact of Diabetes in Ohio
Did you know that nearly 1 million (12.4%) Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes?
In 2020, more than 1 million (12.4%) Ohio adults were diagnosed with diabetes (Source: 2020 Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System [BRFSS]). Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in Ohio (Source: Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics). In 2020, diabetes was the primary cause of death for 4,381 Ohioans and was a contributing cause of many more deaths (Source: Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics).
In addition, approximately 929,000 Ohio adults (10.2%) had been diagnosed with prediabetes (Source: 2020 Ohio BRFSS), increasing their risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes later in life. It is estimated that another 2.2 million Ohio adults have prediabetes but have not been diagnosed (Source: CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2022).
At the Ohio Department of Health, we promote:
- Enhanced awareness of prediabetes and diabetes, including its complications.
- Increased management of diabetes for those who have been diagnosed.
- Access to quality care for disproportionately affected populations with prediabetes and diabetes.
- Improved access to services for underserved populations with prediabetes and diabetes.
- Quality prediabetes and diabetes education, wellness, physical activity, a healthy weight, blood pressure control, and smoking cessation.
- Partnerships and community involvement to strive toward decreasing the prevalence of diabetes.