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The percentage of adults aged 20 and older who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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This indicator shows the percentage of adults who have been told they have high blood pressure. 

Why is this important?

Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 25 million people have diabetes, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed cases. Persons with diabetes are also at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC, we spend over $116 billion a year. Diabetes affects minority populations and the elderly disproportionately.

Why is this important?

In the United States, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third of these people are not aware that they have it. Because there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it is often called the "silent killer." The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.