Diabetes Statistics

The Facts About Diabetes

According to the most recent estimates, diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. People with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, extremity amputations and other chronic conditions. Some complications, especially microvascular (eye, kidney, and nerve) disease, can be reduced with good glucose control.

Early detention and treatment of complications can prevent progression, so it is essential to monitor with eye exams, urine tests and foot exams. Because the risk of cardiovascular disease increases in diabetic and pre-diabetic patients, it is especially important to check blood pressure, improve nutrition and encourage smoking cessation. Health care provides working together with people diagnosed with diabetes and their support network can reduce the occurrence of any complications.

More Facts About Diabetes

Prevalence of Diabetes in the United States (all ages)

  • Total: 30.3 million people (or 9.4% of the U.S. population)
  • Diagnosed: 23.1 million people (or 7.2% of the U.S. population)
  • Undiagnosed: 7.2 million  (23.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)

Date reported: 2015

Prevalence of Diabetes in Texas and Bexar County

  • Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Texas and is the 4th leading cause of death in Bexar County.
  • Texas, Diagnosed: 11.4% of the total Texas population
  • Texas, Undiagnosed: Approximately half a million Texans remain undiagnosed
  • Bexar County, Diagnosed: 14.2% of the population

Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity

  • 15.1 % American Indians/Alaska  Natives
  • 12.1% Hispanics
  • 10.2% White
  • 17.0% Black
  • 8.0% Asians

Diabetes by Gender

  • 12.3% Men
  • 10.6% Women

Date reported: 2015


American Association of Diabetes Educators
American Diabetes Association 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Collaborative 
Texas Diabetes Council