Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Fact Sheet Released by CDPHE: Diabetes' Impact in Colorado

American Diabetes Month takes place each November, so this is an opportune time to raise awareness about diabetes’ impact in Colorado. CDPHE has released a new fact sheet that presents the most recent data on diabetes prevalence and disparities as well as the disease outcomes, management, comorbidities, and costs. This fact sheet is an update to a 2013 fact sheet. 

Highlights of the findings from "Diabetes’ Impact in Colorado" Fact Sheet:
  • Colorado was 1 of 8 states that saw a significant increase in the adult prevalence of diabetes between 2013 and 2014. 
  • Nearly 300,000 adult Coloradans (aged 18+) are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes and another 110,000 could be undiagnosed but living with the disease.
  • About 20,000 adult Coloradans are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.
  • Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in Colorado.
  • Diabetes is more common among older adults, Black and Hispanic adults, and adults with lower education and household income levels.
  • 91% of adults with diabetes had at least one other chronic health condition.
  • Adults with diabetes were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression compared with adults without diabetes, 33% vs. 16%, respectively.
  • One in four adults with diabetes reported not seeing a doctor because of cost in the past year, which is twice the rate among adults without diabetes. 

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps individuals with prediabetes and at risk for type 2 diabetes get the lifestyle training and support that they need to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. In Colorado, over 2,000 individuals have participated in the DPP, and this number continues to increase. 

For a list of CDC-recognized DPP programs in Colorado, click here. For more information about the DPP in Colorado, visit our website.


Be sure to check out CDPHE’s other fact sheets on fruit and vegetable consumption, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and child obesity in the “Facts for Action: Chronic Diseases and Related Risk Factors in Colorado” series of fact sheets. This fact sheet series aims to support and encourage data-driven and evidence-based discussions about ways to promote healthy living and chronic disease prevention in Colorado.

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