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Diabetes in Oklahoma

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Adults  (Click on "Adults" to see complete Fact Sheet.)                                                           

  • In 2011, approximately 313,800 (11%) of adult Oklahomans (18 years and over) reported being diagnosed with diabetes by a healthcare professional.
  • Non-Hispanic American Indians and multiracial adults reported significantly higher prevalence of diabetes than Non-Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2012, Oklahoma ranked the 4th highest in diabetes mortality rate in the nation.
  • In 2011, there were 6,907 hospital admissions with diabetes with charges totaling $185 million.


The Chronic Disease Service diabetes efforts funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are a population-based, public health approach which includes designing, implementing, and evaluating public health prevention and control strategies that improve access to and quality of care for all and reach communities most impacted by the burden of diabetes.

The main emphasis of efforts is within health systems, health communications, and community interventions, including self-management.


Current Projects supported/promoted include:

  • Diabetes Self-Management Program, through cooperation of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Institute and the University of Oklahoma:  Developed by Stanford University, DSMP is designed for individuals and their caregivers who are dealing with type 2 diabetes.
  • National Diabetes Prevention Programs in Oklahoma  (CDC):  The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize organizations that have shown that they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change intervention program (lifestyle intervention) to prevent type 2 diabetes.These programs are designed for those who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The program encourages healthy food choices and an increase of physical activity in participants and reduces the risk for type 2 by 58%.  This program is recommended by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the American Medical Association.
  • Registry of Recognized Programs (CDC):  The national registry of recognized diabetes prevention programs lists contact information for programs that offer type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States.

Accredited/Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs

African Americans

  • New Beginnings:  A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes: New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.


For more diabetes in Oklahoma data, see OK2SHARE and the Toolkit Trilogy, specifically the MONAHRQ Data Guide and the Chronic Disease in Oklahoma Data Book


If you have any questions regarding diabetes or are interested in the current projects, please contact Chronic Disease Service at 

405-271-4072 or 1-888-669-5634.

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