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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Diabetes as Underlying Cause

Diabetes is a leading cause of disability and death. It is currently the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S.
Diabetes death rates in Utah, in general, exceed U.S. diabetes death rates. Utah death rates from diabetes were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2009 to 2017 death rates from diabetes remained fairly constant. From 2018-2021 the death rates have been increasing slightly in Utah, with a drop in death rates in 2022.

Diabetes as an Underlying Cause of Death, Utah and U.S., 1999-2022


Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using 11 age groups.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health and Human Services
  • For years 2020 and later, the population estimates are provided by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Utah state and county annual population estimates are by single year of age and sex, IBIS Version 2022
  • U.S. Underlying Cause of Death Data: WONDER Online Database. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Accessed at []


Diabetes as the underlying cause of death refers to the first-listed cause of death with ICD-10 codes E10-E14 (diabetes mellitus).


Number of deaths with diabetes as the underlying cause of death.


Number of Utah residents.

How Are We Doing?

Utah death rates from diabetes were in decline from 1999 to 2008. From 2009 to 2017, death rates from diabetes remained relatively the same. However, since 2018 the death rates have been increasing slightly, with a drop in 2022.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Between 1999 and 2008, rates for diabetes deaths in Utah were consistently higher than those for the U.S. However, since 2008, Utah had similar death rates for diabetes compared to the U.S. But, in 2020, rates of diabetes deaths in Utah again were higher than those for the U.S. Age-adjusted rates are used in this indicator to account for the differences in age composition between the U.S. and Utah. In 2020, in the U.S., the age-adjusted rate was 24.8 per 100,000 population. For Utah in 2022 the rate was 24.9. 2020 is the most recent data available for U.S. deaths due to diabetes.

What Is Being Done?

Diabetes care and education specialists play a prominent role in providing information about nutrition, exercise, and blood glucose monitoring. Diabetes education for all people with diabetes is encouraged to prevent complications and death from diabetes. The Healthy Environments Active Living ([ HEAL]) Program promotes diabetes education throughout the state. The HEAL program is working statewide to increase the number of locations that offer Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) and also promote DSMES to eligible participants. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is also an evidence-based program to prevent type 2 diabetes, which would also contribute to reduced deaths from diabetes. The HEAL program works with statewide partners to promote the National DPP to eligible Utahns and also is working to expand National DPP sites across the state.

Evidence-based Practices

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support ([ DSMES]) has been shown to improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes. Education programs may be recognized/accredited by the American Diabetes Association or the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. A list of DSMES programs available in Utah is available at [].

Available Services

The [ Utah Department of Health and Human Services] has a Health Resource hotline: 1-888- 222-2542. Please call this number or 211 for information about self-management programs in Utah. The Healthy Environments Active Living ([ HEAL]) website provides information on diabetes self-management classes. [ American Diabetes Association] [[br]] 888-DIABETES [ Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists] [[br]] 800-338-3633 [ American Heart Association] [[br]] 1937 S. 300 W. #120[[br]] Salt Lake City, UT 84115 [[br]] (801) 484-3838 or[[br]] 1-800-242-8721 Also see a list of [ diabetes education classes in Utah], and a [ list of diabetes prevention classes in Utah].

Health Program Information

Staff from the HEAL Program work with healthcare providers, including diabetes educators, dietitians, pharmacists, community health centers, community health workers, worksites, and health plans to improve the care provided to Utahns with diabetes. The Utah Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Environments Active Living program plays a key role in improving the health of residents in the state of Utah. The program was formed in July 2013 (as EPICC), through a new funding opportunity from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that allowed for the merging of three previously existing programs: the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, and the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Program, as well as the addition of a school health program. The Healthy Environments Active Living Program (HEAL) was recently restructured as part of this strategic planning process and the new program model focuses on working together with staff and partners to address the social determinants of health while advancing health equity and increasing policy, systems and environment changes. HEAL champions public health initiatives and addresses the challenges of making health awareness and access truly universal and equitable in eight key areas: nutrition, heart health, diabetes, physical activity, schools, child care, community health workers, and worksites. Visit [ HEAL's website] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 03/06/2024, Published on 03/27/2024
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