Risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes.
People who have diabetes are at higher risk of serious health complications, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and loss of toes, feet, or legs.
People with diabetes may have or develop other complications or conditions, such as nerve disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, periodontal (gum) disease, hearing loss, erectile dysfunction, depression, and complications of pregnancy, among others.
In 2009-2012, among adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, 71% had blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg or used prescription medications to lower high blood pressure.
In 2009-2012, among adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, 65% had blood LDL cholesterol greater than or equal to 100 mg/dl or used cholesterol-lowering medications.
In 2003-2006, after adjusting for population age differences, cardiovascular disease death rates were about 1.7 times higher among adults aged 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes than among adults without diagnosed diabetes.
Diabetes was listed as the primary cause of kidney failure in 44% of all new cases in 2011.
Statistics included are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014 [PDF].