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Facts and Figures: Diabetes in Wisconsin

Diabetes is a serious, common, costly, yet controllable disease affecting over 475,000 adults and 4,500 children and adolescents in Wisconsin.

People with diabetes are at increased risk of diabetes-related complications, including blindness, kidney disease, foot and leg amputations, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, poor oral health, and death from influenza and pneumonia.

Besides serious health-related complications, diabetes is also economically costly in Wisconsin.  The direct (medical care) and indirect (lost productivity) costs of diabetes in Wisconsin total an estimated $6.15 billion.

There are currently two documents that provide detailed information about diabetes in Wisconsin.

The 2011 Burden of Diabetes in Wisconsin (PDF, 2.7 MB) provides diabetes prevalence estimates and diabetes-related hospitalizations for each county and Division of Public Health region in Wisconsin.  Information for the entire state is also available, including race/ethnicity data and estimates on children and adolescents.

The Wisconsin Diabetes Surveillance Report 2012 (PDF, 3.0 MB) provides statewide data and statistics for the following diabetes-related topics:

  • Estimated diabetes prevalence

  • Estimated pre-diabetes prevalence (ages 40-74 years)

  • Economic costs of diabetes

  • Sociodemographics

  • Risk factors

  • Self-reported general health

  • Current status of diabetes care

  • Trends in diabetes care

  • Trends in selected characteristics of adults with diabetes

  • Diabetes-related inpatient hospitalizations

  • Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations

  • End-stage renal disease

  • Diabetes mortality

An additional Department of Health Services report, completed in December 2010, presents information on the epidemic of chronic diseases (including diabetes) in Wisconsin and the relationship of chronic diseases to the economy.

The Epidemic of Chronic Disease in Wisconsin: Why it Matters to the Economy and What You Can Do to Help (PDF, 6.4 MB)

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Last Revised: November 01, 2013