What’s true nationwide is also true in Missouri. Missouri’s diabetes epidemic:
• Approximately 546,090 people in Missouri, or 11.4% of the adult population, have diagnosed diabetes.
• An additional 139,000 people in Missouri have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk.
• There are 1,594,000 people in Missouri, 33.6% of the adult population, who have prediabetes with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
• Every year an estimated 42,469 people in Missouri are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is expensive:
People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not
• Total direct medical expenses for diagnosed diabetes in Missouri were estimated at $4.9 billion
• In addition, another $1.8 billion was spent on indirect costs from lost productivity due to diabetes.
Improving lives, preventing diabetes and finding a cure:
In 2021, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health invested $61,290,467 in diabetes-related research projects in Missouri.
The Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC provided $1,699,295 in diabetes prevention and educational grants in Missouri in 2018.
• Diabetes Prevalence: 2018 state diagnosed diabetes prevalence, cdc.gov/diabetes/data; 2017 state undiagnosed diabetes prevalence, Dall et al., “The Economic Burden of Elevated Blood Glucose Levels in 2017”, Diabetes Care, September 2019, vol. 42.
• Diabetes Incidence: 2018 diabetes incidence rate, cdc.gov/diabetes/data
• Cost: American Diabetes Association, “Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017”, Diabetes Care, May 2018.
• Research expenditures: 2021 NIDDK funding, report.nih.gov/award/index.cfm; 2020 CDC diabetes funding, fundingprofiles.cdc.gov/FundingProfiles/FundingQuery