Quick Facts Pre-diabetes in Minnesota

Quick Facts
Prediabetes in Minnesota

How many people in Minnesota have prediabetes?       

  • Around 1 in 3 (37 percent) of American adults have prediabetes1. Using this number, as many as 1.5 million adult Minnesotans may have prediabetes.
  • In 2014, only 7.4% percent of adults in Minnesota – about 310,000 – said their health care team told them they had prediabetes2. Most Minnesotans with prediabetes do not know they have it.
  • People with prediabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke1.

Who is at risk for prediabetes?

  • Older adults: Prediabetes is more common among older adults. Around 25 percent of 18 to 44 year-olds have prediabetes. This nearly doubles for adults 45 and older5.
  • Overweight or obese adults: Nearly two out of three adults in Minnesota were overweight or obese in 20152. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have prediabetes than people who are normal weight.
  • Adults who get little physical activity: In 2015, around 1 in 5 adult Minnesotans said they did not participate in any physical activity in the last month2. Physical activity is associated with maintaining a healthy weight and lowering risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

What are the economic costs of prediabetes?

  • People with prediabetes can develop health problems usually associated with diabetes. These include early kinds of kidney disease, nerve damage and damaged blood vessels. The risk of stroke is also higher in people with prediabetes1.
  • A national study suggested that 2012 medical costs for adults with prediabetes was $510 higher than costs for people without prediabetes4.
  • The estimated medical costs of prediabetes in Minnesota for 2012 were -$735 million8.

For more information

Health Information on prediabetes – Find more about prediabetes, who’s at risk, and how to reduce your risk of diabetes.

Prediabetes in Minnesota Fact Sheet (PDF) Updated October 2016

If you have questions about prediabetes in Minnesota, contact: Renée Kidney (651) 201-5429.


1CDC, National Diabetes Statistics Report 2017
2CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, MDH analysis
3CDC, Diabetes Data and Trends
4Dall T.M. et al. 2014. Diabetes Care 37:3172
5Bullard KM et al. 2013. Diabetes Care 36:2286
6National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
7Geiss et al. 2010. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 38(4):403-409
8Dall, TM et al. 2014 The Economic Burden of Elevated Blood Glucose Levels in 2012: Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, and Prediabetes. Diabetes Care 37(12):3172-9.