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Indiana State Department of Health

Chronic Disease > Diabetes Prevention & Control Program > Diabetes Home Diabetes Home

    • Over 26 million Americans have diabetes - of those nearly 500,000 are Hoosiers.
  • Another 79 million are estimated to have prediabetes - nearly 290,000 live in Indiana.

Take a step to learn more about diabetes and ways to prevent or control diabetes.

Are you at Risk?

  • Aged 45 years or older
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overweight
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Family history

Do you know the Symptoms?

  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of energy
  • Excessive thirst

How can you Prevent Diabetes and/or Complications from Diabetes?

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Become physically active
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Have blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol checked regularly

*Find more resources to help you take a step to prevent diabetes at the National Diabetes Education Program, CDC Diabetes Prevention Program, American Diabetes Association and International Diabetes Federation.


The DPCP mission is to reduce the burden of diabetes in Indiana through data surveillance, health communications, health systems development, and development and implementation of community interventions and programs.


The DPCP vision is a state where the public is fully aware of the impact of diabetes; all patients with diabetes are receiving high quality care wherever they are in the state regardless of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; and patients with diabetes enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Diabetes in Indiana Quick Facts

  • Nearly 500,000 Indiana adults (10.9%) have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • According to research, many people are unaware they have diabetes. Of the 25.8 million Americans estimated to have diabetes, 7 million are predicted to be undiagnosed.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Indiana
  • Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
  • 17.8% of Hoosier adults ages 55-64 and 22.8% of adults 65 years of age and older have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • 35% of adults are estimated to have prediabetes, a condition involving impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose. Prediabetes is associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • In Indiana, an estimated $4 billion dollars in health care costs are associated with diabetes.
(BRFSS, 2012; NDIC, 2011; NHANES, 2005-2008)
For more information, view the Data & Statistics Page

What's New

  • NEW! CDC "Tips from Former Smokers" on Smoking & Diabetes - Bill tells how he learned the hard way that smoking makes diabetes harder to control. At 40, he has suffered kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and leg amputation.
  • From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new video - Change For Life - shows how lifestyle change classes are helping people with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.