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Overview

Diabetes, also known as hyperglycemia, is a chronic disease in which levels of glucose in the blood are above normal. There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. It is estimated that only about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes are type 1, where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is where the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, known as insulin resistance. Approximately 90 percent to 95 percent of diagnosed diabetes cases are diagnosed as type 2.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women who did not have diabetes prior to pregnancy, and it is usually diagnosed between weeks 24 and 28. Gestational diabetes will resolve after delivery for most women. However, approximately half of all women who had gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes later in their life.

Pre-diabetes, sometimes referred to as impaired fasting glucose (IFG), is a condition where blood glucose levels are above normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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Key Data and Reports

Diabetes Prevalence in Delaware

Data are current as of 2021

Most recent dashboard update: 3/27/2023

Diabetes Prevalence

2021

12.0%
of adults
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Increased 25.0% from 2012 to 2021
Target
10.5%percentage of adults
Progress
Getting worse, target not met

The Diabetes Prevalence in Delaware is 12.0 percent. This indicator needs attention because the progress is getting worse and is higher than the target percent of 10.5%.

Investigate Over Time

Diabetes Prevalence in Delaware

Data are current as of 2021

Most recent dashboard update: 3/27/2023

County Comparison


Diabetes Prevalence by County in Delaware

Percentage of adults

Data Table for Diabetes Prevalence by County

Diabetes Prevalence by County

percentage of adults

Delaware

12.0%

New Castle County

N/A

Kent County

N/A

Sussex County

N/A

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013-2019

Data Stratification


Diabetes Prevalence in Delaware

Percentage of adults

Data Sources
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013-2019

Additional Information

Diabetes Prevalence in Delaware

Data Sources


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013-2019

Privacy


In releasing this information, Delaware aims to provide information that can be helpful to local communities as they work to improve public health. However, the protection of the confidentiality of our citizens is of paramount importance. To that end, counts of less than 11 are not presented. An outside expert has reviewed the platform to ensure it complies with the HIPAA privacy rule (45 CFR 164.§514(b)).