Diabetes Facts in Georgia

  • Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in Georgia.
  • Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in Georgia in 2010.
  • In 2012, approximately 734,800 Georgia adults (9.9% of the Georgia adult population) reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that 461,293 Georgians do not know that they have diabetes.
  • Diabetes largely impacts the older population. In 2012, 274,000 people 65 and older were diagnosed with diabetes.
    Out of everyone that is currently living with diabetes, it is estimated that 1 in 4 of these people do not know they have diabetes and are living with undiagnosed diabetes.
  • Nationally in 2010, there were 610,000 hospital discharges of adults aged 18 years and older where diabetes was the principal diagnosis. 2009 statistics report there were 32,673 hospital discharges of children and young people 0-17 years of age where diabetes was the principal diagnosis, roughly 74% of all discharges amongst this age group of patients. Roughly 64% of these were for diabetic ketoacidosis.


Centers for Disease Control, Diabetes Public Health Resource: Hospitalization: