Frequently Asked Questions
3. How many people have diabetes?
Nearly 26 million Americans age 20 or older (11.3 percent of all people in this age group) have diabetes, according to 2011 estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 alone.
People can get diabetes at any age, but the risk increases as we get older. In 2011, almost 11 million older adults living in the U.S.--nearly 27 percent of people 65 or older—have diabetes.