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Diabetes Mortality Data Trends for 2000-2008                                                                           DS 10-10001

Male and Female Populations

Although diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death for the California population as a whole in 2008, it was the sixth leading cause for males and females when these groups were examined separately.

The chart below presents 2000 through 2008 age-adjusted death rates for California residents by sex.

Diabetes Age-Adjusted Death Rates by Sex, California 2000-2008

The diabetes age-adjusted death rate was lower for women than men during every year over the study period.  The age-adjusted diabetes death rate for men ranged from 23.8 to 26.9, and the rate for women ranged from 17.7 to 19.9.  The age-adjusted rates for both males and females have decreased for the last three consecutive years.  There was no statistically significant trend over the entire study period for either males or females.  Annual diabetes age-adjusted death rates are shown in Table 3 (PDF)Opens a new browser window..

Of California’s 63,440 total diabetes deaths from 2000 through 2008, the proportion was about half between males and females (31,692 deaths in males; 31,748 deaths in females).

The average age of death due to diabetes during this time was 70.1 years for men and 74.0 years for women.  This means that, on average, men died almost four years earlier from diabetes than women.

Although most diabetes deaths occurred to persons over age 65 in both sexes, the proportion of deaths that occurred to people under age 65 was larger for males.  Approximately 31.9 percent of male diabetes deaths occurred to men under age 65 compared to 22.5 percent of female diabetes deaths in that age group.

The chart below shows the age distribution of diabetes deaths by sex.

Age Distribution of Diabetes Deaths by Sex, California 2000-2008

The risk of dying from diabetes increases with age.  Age-specific death rates for both males and females were higher in older age groups.  Annual age-specific diabetes death rates are displayed in Table 2b (PDF)Opens a new browser window. for males and Table 2c (PDF)Opens a new browser window. for females.

During the period, the actual risk of dying (or crude death rate) from diabetes ranged from 17.7 to 21.1 deaths per 100,000 population for males.  The female rate ranged from 18.6 to 20.5.  Annual diabetes crude death rates are displayed in Table 2b (PDF)Opens a new browser window. for males and Table 2c (PDF)Opens a new browser window. for females under the “All Ages” column.

See the Technical Notes for information about rate calculation and trend analysis.

Read More: 
At a Glance
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnic Group Differences 
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnic Groups
County of Residence Populations 
Tables (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
Technical Notes  
Vital Statistics Query System 

Helpful Resources
American Diabetes Association
NCHS FastStats on Diabetes
California Diabetes Program

Last modified on: 1/5/2011 2:17 PM