Diabetes/Obesity Prevention and Control Program

Highlighted Diabetes Facts

  • Approximately 10% of Louisiana residents have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician (BRFSS 2010).
  • African-Americans have the highest prevalence of diabetes, with a 12.9% diagnosis rate, compared to 8.1% of Hispanics and 9.2% of the white population (BRFSS).
  • African-Americans have the highest diabetes prevalence rate and highest diabetes death rate among sub-populations in Louisiana. African Americans compose nearly 32% of Louisiana's population.
  • In 2006, the total cost of diabetes to Louisiana was approximately $2,431,000,000. Nationwide, $1 in $10 health care dollars is attributed to diabetes. (ADA Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2007, 2008).
  • In 2008, Louisiana has the 2nd highest diabetes death rates in the nation & diabetes was the cause of 1,332 deaths.
  • In 2010, the total cost of hospital discharges for people with diabetes in Louisiana was approximately $231,000,000 dollars (LAHIDD)

For Individuals At Risk

Are you at risk for developing diabetes? Learn your risk and take this online test and find out how to reduce your risk.

For Parents

Help your child manage their diabetes. Learn the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children.



For Individuals with Diabetes

Find resources to help manage your diabetes. Discover how to control your diabetes through diet and exercise.

For Healthcare Providers

Contact information for hospitals and clinics. Learn how your hospital or clinic can become a NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program.