Prevalence of Diabetes by Race and Ethnicity in the United States, 2011-2016

CDC researchers reported the percentage of people living with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in a study based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) covering the years 2011 to 2016. The analysis shows the age-sex-adjusted percentage of adults living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes was 22% in Hispanics, 20% in non-Hispanic blacks, 19% for non-Hispanic Asians and 12% for non-Hispanic whites.

The analysis also showed that Asian Americans may be at risk for type 2 diabetes even at normal weight ranges. Researchers suggested that individuals of Asian heritage get tested for diabetes if their BMI is 23 or greater. This article also noted that adults with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program, including weight management and physical activity, can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).