Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center

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Diabetes in Oklahoma

  • Almost 278,000 adult Oklahomans have diabetes.
  • Another 113,400 are estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes.
  • Approximately 678,300 have some form of impaired glucose intolerance (pre-diabetes).
  • This represents 39% of Oklahoma’s population.
  • 65.1% of Oklahomans are either overweight (with a body mass index [BMI] >25) or obese (BMI>30).
  • 12% of Oklahoma children with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.
  • 2.1% of Oklahoma’s 18- to 24-year -old group has diabetes.  This compares with the national rate of 1% for this age group.
  • Diabetes shortens the average life expectancy by up to 15 years.
  • In fact, diabetes or its complications is the 4th leading cause of death in Oklahoma.
  • The principal cause of early death in people with diabetes is cardiovascular disease (CVD).  CVD is 5 times more likely in the presence of diabetes, and 2 times as likely in the presence of pre-diabetes.\
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease and of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults ages 20 to 74.  As of 2007, there were 59,400 persons with diabetic retinopathy in Oklahoma.
  • $3.3 billion – Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the in Oklahoma in 2007.  It is expected to double by 2012.
  • Nearly 400,000 American Indians live in Oklahoma; they are more than twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.