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Diabetes and American Indians/Alaska Natives

American Indians/Alaska Natives are twice as likely to be told by a physician that they have diabetes as their non-Hispanic white counterparts. They are also almost twice as likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Data is limited for this population.

  • American Indian/Alaska Native adults are over twice as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes.
  • American Indians/Alaska Native women were 2.3 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes in 2010.

At a glance – Diagnosed Cases of Diabetes:

National Health Interview Survey, NHIS

Age-adjusted percentages of persons 18 years of age and over with diabetes, 2004-2008

 

American
Indian/Alaska
Native

White

American
Indian/Alaska
Native/ White
Ratio

Men and Women

17.5

6.6

2.7

Men

18.2

7.2

2.5

Women

16.2

6.2

2.6

Source: CDC 2010. Health Characteristics of the American Indian and Alaska Native Adult Population: United States, 2004-2008. Table 4.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr020.pdf [PDF |304KB]

Age-Adjusted Percentage of persons 18 years of age and over with diabetes, 2011 (National Health Interview survey, NHIS)

American Indian/Native American

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Native American/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

14.7

7.3

2.0

Source: CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 8.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.1MB]

 

At a glance – Prevalence Rate:

National Diabetes Surveillance System
Data not available at this time.

At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Diabetes Death Rates per 100,000 (2010)

 

American Indian/Native American

Non-Hispanic White

African Americans/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Male

39.2

22.3

1.8

Female

34.1

14.9

2.3

Total

36.4

18.2

2.0

Source: CDC, 2013. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 61, Num 4 Table 17 and Table 16.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 3MB]

 

At a Glance – Risk Factors:

There are severak risk factors related to diabetes. Some of these risk factors are:

Obesity and Overweight – See Obesity and American Indians/Native Americans

Hypertension – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

High Cholesterol – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

Cigarette Smoking – See Heart Disease and American Indians/Native Americans

 

At a Glance – Treatment:

Age-Adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over with diabetes who had a foot examination, 2010

American Indian/Alaska Native

Non-Hispanic White

American Indian/Alaska Native/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

64.3

68.0

0.9

Source:  CDC, 2013. Healthy People 2020 Database. Table D-9.
http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/Data/default.aspx

National Healthcare Quality Report
Data not available at this time.

Last Modified: 6/12/2014 11:04:00 AM