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    Austin, Texas 78714-9347
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    Austin, TX 78756

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Diabetes Data: Surveillance and Evaluation

Texas Diabetes CouncilImplementation and evaluation of diabetes prevention and control programs depends on reliable data. The following data sources tell us how many people in Texas are estimated to have diabetes and the groups most affected by the disease. They allow for development of culturally appropriate messages and assist in focusing prevention efforts on high-risk populations.

The Diabetes Program at DSHS develops epidemiological reports on diabetes incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and mortality in Texas. The program contracts for annual statewide telephone surveys through the Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System , participates in statewide and international collaborative data collection projects, and reviews information from the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and the TMF Health Quality Institute , which is the state’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

Data from these and other sources are collected and illustrated in the burden report below. The Diabetes Program updates this report periodically as data collection occurs and data is verified for publication. The Texas Diabetes Fact Sheet offers at-a-glance diabetes prevalence and mortality statistics for Texas by race/ethnicity, age, and gender.

Requests for specific data will be addressed as time and availability of data permit. To ensure that data requests are fulfilled in a timely manner, please submit your requests at least two weeks before the data is needed.

    • The Burden of Diabetes in Texas (Updated November 2013, 2.1mb, PDF viewing information)
      Includes prediabetes/diabetes prevalence and risk factor data from the Texas BRFSS, mortality rates, hospitalization rates, and health plan performance indicators (HEDIS measures).
    • Texas Chronic Disease Burden Report (PDF viewing information)
      This report was prepared by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section to monitor outcomes for certain chronic disease conditions and associated behavioral risk factors in Texas. The content of this report provides information on deaths, prevalence, trends over time, hospitalizations, and cost. The chronic diseases included in this report are ischemic heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, female breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, asthma, arthritis, and diabetes mellitus.

    Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

    The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a population-based, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of health behaviors among Texas adults (18 and older). Much of what is known about diabetes in Texas is based on responses to BRFSS questions regarding the disease and its risk factors. Prevalence estimates of risk factors, health indicators, and preventive health practices can be obtained using the BRFSS query system.

    When searching for estimates of diabetes prevalence for specific years and geographic areas, select "Awareness: Diabetes." This query provides data on BRFSS survey respondents 18 years and older who report that they have been diagnosed with diabetes (does not include gestational diabetes).

    Texas BRFSS data, along with other data sources, are also summarized on the Diabetes Data and Statistics page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web site.

    Diabetes Prevalence by County

    For Texas counties with fifty or more respondents to the 2012 Texas BRFSS, estimates of diabetes prevalence were calculated and are presented below. It is important to note that the BRFSS is designed to provide estimates of diabetes prevalence at the state and public health region level. Estimates for smaller geographic areas (counties) will have wider confidence intervals, meaning these estimates may be less reliable than local surveys or other localized methods used by counties to estimate their diabetes prevalence. This should be kept in mind when determining the context in which to present estimates of diabetes prevalence at the county level.

    Diabetes Prevalence Maps:

    2014 Diabetes Fact Sheets:

    Hospital Discharge Data - Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)

    Lower extremity amputations among patients with diabetes result in hospitalizations that can be prevented or reduced through timely and effective primary care. The THCIC report on preventable hospitalizations examines hospital admission rates for amputation by county. A report on pediatric diabetes short-term complications is also available.

     Links to other sources of diabetes data

    Last updated August 14, 2018