Diabetes Incidence

Diabetes Incidence

What does this measure?

The number of adults who have been diagnosed with a new case of diabetes by a doctor (not including gestational diabetes), in each year per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Associated with lack of activity and being overweight and obese, Type 2 diabetes is a growing public health concern across the U.S.

How is our county doing?

In 2015, the rate of new diabetes diagnoses was 79 per 10,000 residents in Essex County. This was much greater than the state rate of 56 per 10,000 and the national rate of 66. Essex's rate has declined 13% from 91 in 2006, on par with a national decrease.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County had the highest rate among the comparison counties in 2015, above Middlesex, MA (67), Lake County, IL (56) and Westchester, NY (64). Rates have been declining in these counties as well.

Notes about the data

Data come from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.

Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. As a result, changes from 2010 to 2011 may be a result of those technical changes rather than true trends.

Diabetes Incidence
Essex County, MA91888181727671837579
Middlesex County, MA90857675777568696767
Lake County, IL82808374727075676756
Westchester County, NY69736365696665616564

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate per 10,000 residents. Numbers are age-adjusted.

Number of Diabetes Cases
Essex County, MA4,7524,6114,2784,3013,9004,1343,9274,6764,3174,551
Middlesex County, MA9,3998,8658,1338,1168,3668,2137,5447,7777,7307,729
Lake County, IL3,6503,6193,7743,4503,3403,3003,5713,2553,3362,818
Westchester County, NY4,8095,1144,4554,5134,7694,5904,6094,4174,8084,787

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention