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Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and serious chronic diseases in the United States. More than 30 million (9.4%) people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it.

The Impact of Diabetes in Ohio

Did you know that nearly 1 million (11.1%) Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes?

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and serious chronic diseases in the United States. More than 30 million (9.4%) people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it (Source: CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017). In 2015, approximately 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults ages 18 years and older, and that number is anticipated to grow as the U.S. population continues to age and become more overweight and obese (Source: CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017).

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in Ohio and the United States (Source: 2018 Ohio Chronic Disease Burden Report). In 2016, diabetes was the primary cause of death for 3,500 Ohioans and was a contributing cause of many more deaths (Source: 2018 Ohio Chronic Disease Burden Report). 

In 2016, nearly 1 million (11.1%) Ohio adults had been diagnosed with diabetes (Source: 2018 Ohio Chronic Disease Burden Report). In addition, nearly 800,000 adults in Ohio had been diagnosed with prediabetes, and it is estimated that more than 1 million Ohio adults have prediabetes but have not been diagnosed, increasing their risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes later in life (Source: 2018 Ohio Chronic Disease Burden Report). 

As the Ohio Department of Health, we promote:

  • Enhanced awareness of prediabetes and diabetes, including its complications, to all Ohioans
  • Increased management of diabetes for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • Access to quality care for those disproportionately affected populations with prediabetes and diabetes 
  • Improved care of services for underserved populations with prediabetes and diabetes in Ohio 
  • Quality prediabetes and diabetes education, promoting wellness, physical activity, a healthy weight, blood pressure control, and smoking cessation 
  • Partnerships and community involvement to strive towards decreasing the prevalence of diabetes in Ohio