Population Health

Adult Diabetes - Overall Statistics for Connecticut

Diabetes is a disease that affects how food is broken down into sugar (glucose) and released into the bloodstream. When too much blood sugar stays in the bloodstream, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation of toes, feet or legs. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Tracking statewide diabetes rates is a population health measure required by the SIM Test grant. The plan for improving population health utilizes and builds upon the DPH’s recent State Health Assessment, State Health Improvement Plan (Healthy Connecticut 2020) and the state Chronic Disease Prevention Plan.

Prior to the CT SIM implementation (2013-2015), the percentage of CT residents with diabetes increased steadily. In 2013, 8.3 percent of adults reported that they had been told they had diabetes and by 2015 the percentage increased to 9.3.  Since the implementation of SIM, the upward trend has continued with 9.8 percent of adult Connecticut residents reporting being told they have diabetes in 2017 which is above the SIM target of 9.4 percent but within the confidence interval. The goal of CT SIM is to reduce the percent of Connecticut residents with diabetes to 8.9 percent by 2020.

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