More than 120,000 Utah adults (about 6 percent of adults, or one in 17) have been diagnosed with diabetes (1). Roughly 45,000 more Utah adults have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed (making the total number of adults with diabetes- diagnosed and undiagnosed about 165,000 or about 8 percent).
Because they are not diagnosed, and therefore not being treated, these individuals are vulnerable to complications that could be delayed or prevented
U.S. data indicate that some ethnic and racial minorities have an increased risk for diabetes. Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and African Americans have diabetes prevalence rates that are roughly double those for non-Hispanic whites.
If not well controlled, diabetes can lead to a number of serious complications including blindness, amputations, cardiovascular disease and kidney failure.
Diabetes complications substantially increase the risk for hospitalization. In 2007, over 24,000 discharges for Utah residents listed diabetes as any listed diagnosis, with charges amounting to over $480 million (4).
Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Utah. In 2007, diabetes contributed to one out of every 13 deaths in Utah, or over 1,100 deaths (5).
Diabetes is a serious disease with potentially devastating consequences. Diabetes care represents a significant health care burden. The reports and tables included in this section provide a brief description of the prevalence of diabetes and its consequences in Utah.
The Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program obtains data from a variety of databases including vital records, hospital discharge, and the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. In addition, the program uses survey data extensively. These data sources have been used to compile the following reports and health district profiles.