Massachusetts Diabetes Data

The prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts has been rising steadily

In 1993, an estimated 3.8% of Massachusetts residents had diabetes. By 2015, an estimated 8.9% of Massachusetts residents had diabetes — more than double the amount in just 22 years. Black non-Hispanics (12.3%) and Hispanics (11.7%) have higher rates of diabetes compared to White non-Hispanics (8.8%). Diabetes prevalence increases with age, with 20.4% of adults in the 65+ age category afflicted. Non-Hispanic Blacks have greater than twice the rate of diabetes related mortality compared to Non-Hispanic Whites and more than four times as many diabetes related emergency department visits.

Trends in Diabetes Prevalence in Massachusetts

The prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts has been on the rise. In 1993, an estimated 3.9% of Massachusetts residents had diabetes. By 2015, an estimated 8.9% of Massachusetts residents had diabetes - more than double the amount in just 22 years.

chart displaying info for prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts 1993-2015

Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2015

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation.
  • Adults (18+) only.
  • Data cannot be trended from 2010 to 2011 due to changes in survey methodology.

Prevalence of Diabetes by Race and Ethnicity in Massachusetts (2015)

People of color have higher rates of diabetes compared to whites.

chart showing diabetes prevalence by race and ethnicity 2015

Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2015

  • Rates for Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian/ Chamorro, Samoan, and other racial categories not reported due to insufficient sample size.
  • 95% Confidence Interval.
  • Adults (18+) only.

Prevalence of Diabetes in Massachusetts by Age Group (2015)

Diabetes prevalence increases with age.

chart that shows diabetes prevalence by age 2015

Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2015

  • 95% Confidence Interval.
  • The 18 to 24 age group not reported due to insufficient sample size.
  • Adults (18+) only.

Diabetes Morbidity/Mortality in Massachusetts

Non-Hispanic Blacks have greater than twice the rate of diabetes related mortality compared to Non-Hispanic Whites.

chart that shows diabetes mortality 2014

Massachusetts Deaths 2014. Boston, MA: Office of Data Management and Outcomes Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. October 2016.

  • Underlying Cause of Death based on ICD-10 code.
  • All rates are age-adjusted per 100,000 residents using the 2000 US standard population.

Diabetes Emergency Department Utilization in Massachusetts (2013)

In 2013, the diabetes emergency department visit rate among Hispanics is over three times as high as Non-Hispanic Whites, whereas Non-Hispanic Blacks have over 4 times the diabetes emergency department visit rate as Non-Hispanic Whites.

chart showing emergency department visits 2013

Case Mix Hospitalization Data, 2013

  • Emergency department visits due to diabetes (ICD-9 code).
  • All rates are age-adjusted per 100,000 residents using the 2010 US standard population.

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