–Approximately 10 percent of Louisiana residents are estimated to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
–African Americans have the highest prevalence of diabetes, with a nearly 14 percent diagnosis rate, compared to 8 percent of Hispanics and nearly 9 percent of the white population .
–In 2006, the total cost of diabetes to Louisiana was more than $2 billion. Nationwide, $1 of $10 for health care is attributed to diabetes.
–Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States, almost 8 percent of the population, have diabetes.
(Source: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals)