Americans and Diabetes: Know the Stats

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
Learn more on the role of diabetes in America.

Learn more on the role of diabetes in America.


Roughly 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes in 2010. Does this surprise you? Today, JP&O Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab wants to help you further understand how diabetes is 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.


Now that you are more familiar with the effects of diabetes, you may be wondering if diabetes can be prevented. Check out our next blog for the answer and more!


As always, please feel free to contact JP&O Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab for any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.


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