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Diabetes Statistics in the U.S.

 

  • 20.8 million people in the U.S. (7 % of the population) had diabetes in 2005.
  • 20.6 million people aged 20 years or older (9.6% of all people in this age group) had diabetes.
  • 10.3 million people aged 60 years or older (20.9% of all people in this age group) had diabetes.
  • An estimated 2.5 million (9.5%) Hispanic/Latino Americans aged 20 years or older had diabetes.
  • Depending on the study, the incidence of diabetes is 64%-100% higher in the Hispanic/Latino community than the non-Hispanic white community.
  • Mexican-Americans, the largest Hispanic/Latino subgroup, are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Puerto Ricans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites in the U.S.
  • One study found that 43% of Mexican-Americans with dementia also had diabetes, stroke, or both. The study concluded that type 2 diabetes and hypertension contribute more to dementia in Mexican-Americans than in people of European ancestry.