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Complete Indicator Profile of Adult Diabetes Prevalence

Definition

Diabetes prevalence estimates are based on survey responses to the question: "Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have diabetes?" The measure represents the percent of adult respondents who responded "
"yes" to the question.

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who reported they had been told that they have diabetes

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of adults with diabetes may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"The majority (90%-95%) of all people diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, formerly known as non-insulin dependent or adult-onset diabetes. Diabetes can lead to serious and costly health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Overweight/obesity and being older are risk factors for diabetes." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Adults with Diabetes North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2012

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NC vs HNC2020 BRFSS Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
HNC 2020 2009 8.6%
HNC 2020 2010 8.6%
HNC 2020 2011 8.6%
NC BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2009 9.6% 8.9% 10.4%
NC BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2010 9.8% 9.1% 10.5%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2011 10.9% 9.7% 12.2%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2012 10.4% 9.8% 11.1%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes by Race, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator Denominator
White, Non-Hispanic 9.7% 9.0% 10.4% 1,001 8,191
African American, Non-Hispanic 14.5% 12.7% 16.4% 395 2,154
American Indian, Non-Hispanic 19.0% 13.9% 25.5% 85 455
Other Races, Non-Hispanic ** ** 301
Hispanic/Latino 6.0% 4.4% 8.3% 47 688
North Carolina 10.4% 9.8% 11.1% 1,565 11,879

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes by Sex, 2012

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Males vs Females BRFSS Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male (2010 or earlier) 2008 9.2% 8.4% 10.1%
Male (2010 or earlier) 2009 9.2% 8.1% 10.3%
Male (2010 or earlier) 2010 9.5% 8.5% 10.6%
Male (2011 or later) 2011 10.9% 9.7% 12.2%
Male (2011 or later) 2012 10.9% 9.9% 12.0%
Female (2010 or earlier) 2008 9.5% 8.7% 10.2%
Female (2010 or earlier) 2009 10.0% 8.9% 11.2%
Female (2010 or earlier) 2010 10.0% 9.2% 10.9%
Female (2011 or later) 2011 10.8% 9.8% 11.9%
Female (2011 or later) 2012 10.0% 9.2% 10.9%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes by Age, 2012

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Age Group Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-34 2.2% 1.5% 3.1%
35-44 5.4% 4.2% 6.8%
45-54 11.5% 9.9% 13.4%
55-64 16.9% 15.1% 19.0%
65-74 23.3% 21.0% 25.8%
75+ 20.1% 17.7% 22.8%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes by Education, 2012

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Education Level Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 15.9% 13.8% 18.2%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 11.0% 9.8% 12.2%
Some Post High School 9.5% 8.4% 10.7%
College Graduate 7.4% 6.5% 8.5%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes for Select Counties, 2012

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Selected Counties Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Buncombe 10.3% 7.2% 14.6%
Cumberland 12.1% 9.0% 15.9%
Durham 8.0% 5.7% 11.3%
Forsyth 9.8% 7.0% 13.7%
Gaston 12.4% 9.1% 16.8%
Guilford 10.9% 7.9% 14.8%
Mecklenburg 9.5% 7.1% 12.5%
New Hanover 9.8% 6.6% 14.3%
Union 5.7% 3.7% 8.8%
Wake 7.0% 5.1% 9.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. 



Percentage of Adults with Diabetes North Carolina vs. United States, 2004-2012

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NC vs US for BRFSS Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2004 8.4% 7.9% 8.9%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2005 8.5% 8.0% 9.0%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2006 9.1% 8.6% 9.6%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2007 9.1% 8.5% 9.7%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2008 9.3% 8.8% 9.9%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2009 9.6% 8.8% 10.4%
NC BFRSS 2010 or earlier 2010 9.8% 9.1% 10.4%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2011 10.9% 10.1% 11.7%
NC BRFSS 2011 or later 2012 10.4% 9.8% 11.1%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2004 7.0%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2005 7.3%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2006 7.5%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2007 8.0%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2008 8.3%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2009 8.3%
US BRFSS 2010 or earlier 2010 8.7%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone.  Note that the U.S. figures represent the median value for the states and do not included confidence intervals.

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 09/04/2013
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