By The Numbers

More than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. Approximately 96 million US adults (over a third) have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 of them don’t know they have it.
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Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, with type 1 diabetes accounting for approximately 5-10%.
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Diabetes (type 2) is becoming more widespread all the time, with 1.4 million new cases diagnosed every year in the U.S.
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In the last 20 years, the number of adults with diabetes has more than doubled.

Diabetes in Arizona

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    One in ten Arizonans has diabetes. It is also estimated that one in three adults have prediabetes, approximately 2 million adults.
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    There are almost as many people living with diabetes as living in the city limits of Tucson and Flagstaff combined, approximately 600,00 adults.
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    Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Arizona and results in nearly

    $5 billion in direct medical costs each year.

What We’re Doing to Help

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we are committed to taking an active role in inspiring health across the entire state. Diabetes touches the lives of so many Arizonians, and so we are teaming up with the Arizona Department of Health Services, healthcare providers, community partners, and YOU to fight back!

As part of a comprehensive action plan, BCBSAZ is seeking to reduce diabetes progression by 25% by 2025. Through a multi-pronged approach, we will raise awareness of diabetes prevention and management strategies, support Arizonans in adopting and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors, increase coordination with healthcare providers to support them as they care for their patients, tackle disparities related to health outcomes, elevate community knowledge about available resources, and create a healthier Arizona.