Brittle Type 1 Diabetes Statistics Updated 2/7/2018
Number of individuals with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes in the USA estimated by BDF is based on numbers provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes 2017 Fact sheet which is based on actual 2015 data in most instances)
Between 1980 and 2012 the number of diagnosed cases of diabetes in the USA nearly quadrupled from 5.5 to 21.3 million. 1.7 million new cases in adults are diagnosed each year. (based on 2012 statistics)
There are approx. 30.3 million people with diabetes including 7.2 million undiagnosed individuals and 23.1 million diagnosed.
Breakdown by age as a percentage of the whole (30.3 million people):
< 18 years of age - 1.0 %
19 – 44 14.7 %
45 – 64 45.8 %
>65 38.5 %
The literature is replete with estimates for type 1 diabetes (T1D) ranging from 5% to 10% of all those diagnosed with diabetes . According to the CDC - Type 1 diabetes accounts for approximately 5% of all diagnosed cases of Diabetes which equals 1.15 million with type 1 diabetes. If you include undiagnosed the number jumps to 1.51 million with type 1 diabetes.
Research has shown that there are 2.9 brittle cases /1,000 type1 individuals. Often presented as 3/1000.
It is difficult to imagine a person with brittle diabetes who remains undiagnosed. As such, the total number of "brittle" (BT1D's) estimated to exist in the total US population (323 million) would equate to 4,500 individuals of the 1.5 million with type 1.
Brittle diabetes is obviously a very rare form of Type 1 diabetes.
For every 71,778 people in the USA you should find a person exhibiting Brittle Diabetes symptoms, making it extremely rare.
Note: JDRF suggests that there may be as many as 3,000,000 T1D's in the USA. However, BDF has been unable to produce any evidence to support this suggestion. It would increase the number of brittle diabetics [ from appox. 4,500} to less than 9,000 – still very rare indeed.
Cost of diabetes to the US economy - $266 billion as of 2017. and $825 Billion globally based on the latest Harvard University study.