Who Are These People with Diabetes? Some Interesting Stats

At least we’re honest with ourselves. People with diabetes know if they are overweight: 49.8 percent say they are more than 30 pounds overweight, compared to 24.3 percent of adults without diabetes.

Sep 18, 2008

In its ongoing Health and Nutrition Strategist™ syndicated study, Decision Analyst recently asked 9,265 respondents about various health and lifestyle issues. Among respondents 20 and older, 9.6 percent said they had diabetes. Among all ages, about 23.6 million Americans have diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.


In its study, Decision Analyst found that 82.2 percent of people with diabetes are 45 or older, compared to 46.6 percent of nondiabetics - people who don't have diabetes. 


The study also shows that people with diabetes are more likely to earn less: 62 percent have an annual pretax income per year of less than $50,000, compared to 52.8 percent of adults without diabetes. In addition, 7.1 percent of diabetics earn more than $100,000, compared to 16 percent of adults without diabetes, according to the Decision Analyst study.


People with diabetes are more likely to be overweight: 10.3 percent weigh more than 300 pounds and 16.4 percent weigh between 250 and 299 pounds, compared to 2.7 percent and 6.5 percent of adults who don't have diabetesnondiabetic adults, respectively. The average weight of a diabetic is 210 pounds, while the average for nondiabetic adults is 175 pounds.

People with diabetes know if they are overweight: 49.8 percent say they are more than 30 pounds overweight, compared to 24.3 percent of adults without diabetes. Only 11.3 percent describe their weight as being about right, compared to 24.9 percent of the adults who don't have diabetesnondiabetic adults.


Decision Analyst's Health and Nutrition Strategist™ (HANS™) syndicated study is conducted monthly online using the company's American Consumer Opinion® panel. HANS™ is an integrated knowledge base of health habits, nutritional attitudes, food, beverage consumption, and restaurant usage of the American consumer. 

Data on diabetes were collected from January 2006 to March 2008 using a statistically balanced sample of 9,265 adults. The margin of statistical error ranges from 2.5% to 3.5%, plus or minus, at a 95% confidence level.

Source: Decision Analyst

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Posted by randeg on 19 September 2008

This study has shown that some people are more likely to develop diabetes depending on age, economic status, and weight. It is great that you are letting people know the results of this study, but are we doing something about the situation? Evelyn Guzman

Posted by Anonymous on 20 September 2008

Why is this article is on the "Type 1 issues" page? As no attempt has been made to differentiate between type 1 and type 2, this article simply serves to continue the ignorance that people with type 1 have to fight every day.

Posted by Anonymous on 22 September 2008

We know we are fat and need to lose weight...why is it that stop smoking help, pills etc are available through our insurance but not bym memberships and medicines that will help us loose weight. I know the argument about not sticking to the plans, but not all of us are like that, but we don't get a chance. After all cigaretts are 4.00 a pack and chips are 99c I have heard so many stupid arguments about this it makes me want to hurl

Posted by Anonymous on 25 October 2008

Obviously this has nothing to do with Type 1 diabetes. I hope everyone interviewed who was Type 1 said that they did NOT have "diabetes". The word "Diabetes" nowadays is essentially Type 2 diabetes for every intent and purpose. I invite all Type 1 diabetics to say that they have "autoimmune insulin deficiency" and not a true metabolic disease (Type 2 diabetes), which they don't.

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