Diabetes in Delaware

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of four people do not know they have diabetes.

In Delaware, the prevalence of diabetes has almost doubled, from 4.9 percent in 1991 to 11.5 percent in 2015. More than 85,000 adults in Delaware have diabetes, affecting 15.1 percent of African Americans and 11 percent of Non-Hispanic Caucasian adults.

The Diabetes mortality rate has declined over the past two decades. However, the diabetes mortality rate for African-American Delawareans is more than twice the diabetes mortality rate for Caucasian Delawareans.

According to the Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey , just slightly more than half (51 percent) of all adults diagnosed with diabetes reported taking a course or class about how to manage diabetes.

In 2012, the American Diabetes Association estimated the total cost burden of diabetes for Delaware was $860 million.

For more Delaware-specific information about diabetes, visit dhss.delaware.gov .

This website will help you understand diabetes and to determine if you or a loved one has it and what type it may be, as well as to provide information about how this serious, chronic condition can be treated and managed. Explore now to learn more.



Delaware Diabetes Coalition

Upcoming Events:

16th Annual Delaware Diabetes Wellness EXPO 2017

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center, Dover, DE
  • Diabetes information, exhibitors, giveaways, health screenings, and educational information on diabetes management, nutrition, exercise and related health issues.
  • More Information

Delaware Diabetes Coalition Scholarship Recipients


Do you have, or are you at risk for, diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic but treatable condition. It occurs when your body cannot regulate the glucose (sugar) level in the blood, and it rises to much higher than normal. Diabetes is a progressive disease. Even if you don’t need to treat your diabetes with medications at first, you may need to over time.


How does diabetes affect someone?

Diabetes, also known as hyperglycemia, affects the glucose that your body generates after breaking down the food you eat. Glucose is moved into your blood cells by insulin. When it enters the cells it is either used immediately as fuel for energy, or stored in the cell for later use. When a person has diabetes, there is a problem with insulin—either the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or it can’t use the insulin it does make very well.


There are four main types of diabetes.

These are pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Pre-diabetes is not a chronic condition, but could lead to diabetes. However, type 1 and type 2 are chronic conditions that can be treated and managed over your lifetime. Gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that may occur during pregnancy, but puts the mother at risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.


Delaware Helpline

The Delaware Helpline provides referrals for callers in need of diabetes services, medications, or supplies. The Delaware Helpline can be reached by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-560-3372.

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