Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. An estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among people age 18 and older in 2015. The rate of new diabetes diagnosis remained steady, according to the report, which may be found here.
“Consistent with previous trends, our research shows that diabetes cases are still increasing although not as quickly as in previous years,” said Ann Albright, MD, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is a contributing factor to so many other serious health conditions. By addressing diabetes, we limit other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney diseases, and vision loss.”
The report included county-level data that showed some areas of the country, like the Southeast, bear a heavier diabetes burden than others. The report said in 2015 another 84.1 million Americans had prediabetes, a condition that, if not treated, often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.