Diabetes in Delaware

Every 19 seconds, someone over the age of 20 in America is diagnosed with diabetes.

In Delaware, the prevalence of diabetes has almost doubled, from 4.9 percent in 1991 to 9.9 percent in 2013. More than 68,000 Delaware adults have diabetes in Delaware, with prevalence among black adults (12.6 percent) higher than among non-Hispanic white adults (9.5 percent).

Mortality rates of black Delawareans with diabetes are twice as high as mortality rates of white Delawareans with diabetes.

The 2012 U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System reported about 50.8 percent of Delaware adults with diabetes took a class to learn how to manage their disease. For Delaware in 2012, the American Diabetes Association estimates the total cost burden of diabetes at $860 million.

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

This website will help you to understand diabetes, help determine if you or a loved one has it, what type it may be, and provide information on 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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