• The percent of Massachusetts adults who reported being diagnosed with diabetes increased by an average of 4.1% per year between 2000 and 2009. Massachusetts estimates are consistently lower than national estimates although diabetes prevalence increases both statewide and nationwide.

  • In 2009, 7% of Massachusetts adults reported that they were told by a health care professional that they have diabetes.

  • In the same year, 4.1% of the Massachusetts adult population reported they were told by a health professional that they have pre-diabetes.

  • Black, non-Hispanics (12.8%), Hispanics (14.2%), and Asian, non-Hispanics (16.0%) have a higher prevalence of diabetes compared to White, Non-Hispanics (6.5%).

  • Those who are older also have a higher prevalence of diabetes compared to those who are younger:

    • 35-44 years of age: 4.3%

    • 45-54 years of age: 6.9%

    • 55-64 years of age: 14.2%

    • 65-74 years of age: 19.5%

    • 75 and older: 17.1%


  • In 2006, the diabetes hospitalization rate was approximately 140.0 per 100,000 hospitalizations.

  • The age-adjusted rate of hospitalizations is consistently higher for men (159.2 per 100,000) than women (111.6 per 100,000).

  • Diabetes-related hospitalizations were three times higher among Black, non-Hispanics than for White, non-Hispanics.

Hospitalization rates in Massachusetts, 2003-2008


  • Between 2002 and 2007, 1,300 Massachusetts residents died each year with diabetes listed as the underlying cause of death. This means that nearly four Massachusetts residents died from diabetes every day.

  • In 2007, the diabetes mortality rate was 16.5 per 100,000 deaths which translated to a total of 1,216 Massachusetts residents - that makes diabetes the ninth leading cause of death in the Commonwealth.It is the 4th leading cause of death for Hispanics and Black, non-Hispanics.

  • Overall mortality rates for Black, non-Hispanics are generally twice that of White, non-Hispanics.

This information is provided by Diabetes Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.