Diabetes Monitoring

Diabetes diagnoses in the U.S. continue to rise, bringing with them additional complications that are sometimes disabling or even life-threatening. Those complications can include cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage and other conditions.

Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 14th among its peer cities in the percent of adults who are 20 and older who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Louisville is in the bottom tier of its peer group according to a natural breaks algorithm. Cities in green are those that outperform their peers. Cities in yellow represent the middle cluster, and those in red lag behind their peers on this indicator.

Trends over Time

Since 2004, the percent of the adult population diagnosed with diabetes has increased, though it is now increasing at a slower rate than it was two decades ago. Louisville generally followed the trend of its peer cities until the early 2010s, at which point it started to diverge and recorded higher shares of diabetes diagnoses.

Best and Worst Peer Performers

Louisville and all of its peer cities have recorded higher rates of diabetes since 2004. Overall, the diabetes rate has risen the most in Birmingham, at about 4 percentage points. Meanwhile, in Charlotte, the best performer, the diabetes rate rose by 1.5 percentage points.

Differences by Sex

In Louisville, the diabetes rate among men and women largely moved in tandem for much of the last two decades. However, recently, the female diabetes rate has increased more sharply than the male diabetes rate. It now sits at 10.8%, compared with 11.2% for men.