Louisiana Diabetes Statistics
The Burden of Diabetes in Louisiana
Diabetes is a common disease:
- Approximately 358,000 adults, or 10.30% of Louisiana’s adult population, have diagnosed diabetes.
- Adults without diabetes who are overweight and not physically active are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- 66.4% of all adults in Louisiana are overweight or obese.
- In 2009, only 41.5% of adults in Louisiana met the recommended levels of physical activity.
- If current trends continue, one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by the year 2050.
Diabetes is a serious disease:
- People with diabetes in Louisiana suffer from many diabetes-related complications, including lower extremity amputation, end-stage renal disease, and blindness due to diabetic retinopathy.
- 63.2% of adults with diabetes in Louisiana report having at least one day of poor health (physical or mental) in the previous month.
Diabetes is a costly disease:
- People with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher than people who do not have diabetes.
- Individuals with diabetes spent approximately $13,700 on medical costs in 2012.
- In 2012, diabetic medical expenses in Louisiana totaled $4.19 billion, and indirect expenses, such as lost productivity and premature mortality, totaled over $1.18 billion.
- Nationally, the total economic cost of diabetes in 2012 was approximately $245 billion. Medical expenses totaled $176 billion, and indirect expenses totaled $69 billion.
Improving lives, preventing diabetes and finding a cure:
- Louisiana has approximately $5,263,701 in FY 2013 funding for diabetes research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
- Louisiana received approximately $202,000 in FY 2012 funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for diabetes prevention programs and research.
Diabetes is a serious and costly epidemic that poses a major public health problem. The American Diabetes Association believes that if we are to truly make strides against this devastating disease, we must fund diabetes research and programs, improve health care, and support proven prevention measures.
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