There are 84.1 million adults in the United States that have prediabetes. According to the 2017 BRFSS survey, an estimated 74,621 adults, or 7.2% of the adult Iowan population have prediabetes. If left untreated, 15-30% of these people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within the next five years.

  • Data reports indicate fewer people are speaking with their physicians about their type 2 diabetes risk.
  • Data indicates prediabetes is most common among individuals aged 45 and older.
  • Data indicates individuals who identify their ethnicity as other/non-Hispanic have higher rates of prediabetes or borderline diabetes.
  • Data indicates more individuals with a high school diploma or G.E.D. have been told they have prediabetes or have borderline diabetes.
  • Data indicates more individuals with an income level between $50,000-$74,999 are being told by their physician that they have prediabetes or borderline diabetes.
  • Data indicates Iowa males and females are similar in reporting they have been told by their physician they have prediabetes or borderline diabetes.
  • Data indicates a drop in awareness of prediabetes or borderline diabetes.
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Prediabetes Data Visualization

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Measure Description:

  • The percent of BRFSS respondents who answered yes to the question: Have you ever been told by a doctor or other heath professional that you have pre diabetes or borderline diabetes?
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What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is up, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes can do things to decrease their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program helps prevent people from developing type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors for type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history
  • Being physically inactive
  • Being 45 and older

If you have any of these risk factors, you are encouraged to visit with your doctor. A blood test may be ordered to test your A1C and glucose numbers. Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable. 

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