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.