Which States Have The Highest Rates Of Diabetes?

Diabetes knows no borders. There are people living with diabetes in every country on Earth and in all 50 states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.8 percent of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. That percentage is undoubtedly higher if you include undiagnosed cases as well as people who have prediabetes. Additionally, the rate of newly diagnosed diabetes in Adults 18 to 79 was 7.8 percent in 2018.

But the percentage of people with diabetes in the United States is not uniform. Some states have significantly higher rates of diabetes than others. The CDC reports that the largest percentages of diabetes cases were in the southeastern and Appalachian sections of the country. Conversely, the lowest diabetes rates are found in Colorado (6.6%), Wisconsin (7.4%), and Vermont (7.6%).

According to the CDC, the variation in diabetes rates is a product of multiple factors, including socioeconomic position, education levels, dietary habits, and access to healthcare. As such, states with higher poverty rates and fewer people with a high school diploma tend to have more citizens with diabetes.

The list of states with the highest diabetes rates reflects those risk factors. The top 10 states with the largest percentage of people with diabetes are:

  1. West Virginia: 13.4%
  2. Mississippi: 12.9%
  3. Louisiana: 12.9%
  4. Alabama: 12.7%
  5. Arkansas: 12.4%
  6. Tennessee: 12.2%
  7. Kentucky: 12.1%
  8. Texas: 12.0%
  9. Georgia: 11.7%
  10. South Carolina: 11.6%

No matter what state you live in, if you have diabetes, accurate and vigilant monitoring of blood sugar levels is a critical part of managing your condition. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their lives without the need for inconvenient and burdensome finger-pricking multiple times a day.

Ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18