Diabetes North Carolina

Diabetes North Carolina


Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in North Carolina.

An estimated 750,000 (1 in 10) North Carolina adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.

An additional 280,000 North Carolina residents may have diabetes and not know it.

  • An estimated 2.5 million (1 in 3) North Carolinians may have prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% - 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90% of diagnosed diabetes cases in adults, and being overweight/obese is a key risk factor to its development.
  • Complications from diabetes can include amputations, chronic kidney disease, heart attack/stroke, vision loss, hearing loss, erectile dysfunction, low birth weight, sleep apnea and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. 60% of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people with diagnosed diabetes.
  • Three key components of diabetes treatment include optimal control of blood glucose, blood pressure and blood cholesterol.

Prediabetes Fact Sheet

Diabetes Fact Sheet

Diabetes Disparities Fact Sheet

See CDC’s Diabetes Interactive Atlas for the latest statistics about diabetes and risk factors by county.

The Economic Burden of Elevated Blood Glucose Levels in 2012: Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, and Prediabetes