Incidence of Diabetes is measured by the percent of Arizonans who reported they have been told by a healthcare professional that they have diabetes.
Over 30 million Americans have diabetes, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In the past 20 years, the CDC reports that the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has tripled.
Public health officials have increased their focus on the roles that physical activity and obesity play in their strong correlation with diabetes among youth. While type 1 diabetes is most often an inherited condition related to a defect of the pancreas, type 2 accounts for 90% of diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S. Generally, type 2 diabetes is preventable and, in some cases, can be reversed with a change in lifestyle, including changing diet and increasing physical activity.
Rates tend to be higher for African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk).
Diabetes data are updated annually and are available for the following localities: