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 causing serious health-related complications, diabetes is also economically costly. The direct (medical care) and indirect (lost productivity) costs of diabetes in Wisconsin total an estimated $6.15 billion annually.
There are currently three documents that provide detailed information about diabetes in Wisconsin and nationally:
The National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (PDF, 5.3 MB) provides up-to-date scientific data and statistics on diabetes and its burden in the United States.
The Diabetes Report Card is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every 2 years based on The Catalyst to Better Diabetes Care, in the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act. This report provides current information on the status of diabetes in the United States. It includes information and about diabetes, gestational diabetes, prediabetes, preventive care practices, risk factors, quality of care, outcomes, progress made towards meeting national diabetes goals and to the extent possible, national and state trends.The Epidemic of Chronic Disease in Wisconsin: Why it Matters to the Economy and What You Can Do to Help P-00238 (PDF, 6.4 MB)