Every 19 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.

November is American Diabetes Month

  • Almost 145,000 Utahns have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a serious disease that can have devastating consequences.
  • It is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-extremity amputation and renal failure. It is also the leading cause of blindness among adults younger than 75. It is one of the leading causes of heart disease. 
  • Diabetes education classes can help people with diabetes know what they need to do to control their diabetes.  For a list of classes, go to the Choose Health Website .

  • Overall, there is little difference in the prevalence of diabetes by gender for Utah adults ages 18 to 64.
  • By age 65, the rate for males is higher than the rate for females, 23.7% vs. 17.1%.

References

American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Basics. Downloaded November 9, 2015

Utah Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2014.