Silver Book Fact

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult-onset blindness, and nontraumatic lower limb amputations.

National Institutes of Health. National Diabetes Statistics: Incidence of diabetes; 2005

Reference

Title
National Diabetes Statistics: Incidence of diabetes
Publication Date
2005
Authors
National Institutes of Health

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • People with diabetes are 60% more likely to have cataracts, than adults without the disease.  
  • Diabetes accounts for 45% of new cases of kidney failure in the U.S.  
  • In 2034, there will be 14.1 million Americans who are diabetic and eligible for Medicare.  
  • Total health care expenditures by diabetes status, 2002 (in millions of dollars and % of U.S. total)  
  • The estimated number of physician office visits for treated diabetes increased from 25 million in 1994 to 36 million in 2007.