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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Diabetes

Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death in New Jersey and seventh in the US in 2014. (Based on preliminary data, it dropped to eighth in New Jersey in 2015.) It was the fourth leading cause among Blacks, fifth among Hispanics and Asians, and seventh among Whites in New Jersey in 2014.


This is a Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective DM-1. Preliminary 2015 data are from CDC WONDER.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with diabetes as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: E10-E14


Number of deaths due to diabetes


Total number of persons in the population

Other Objectives

Objective DM-1: Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to diabetes per 100,000 standard population to 15.8 for the total population, 16.0 among Whites, 38.5 among Blacks, 24.5 among Hispanics, and 12.0 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, about 2,000 deaths each year are due to diabetes. The age-adjusted death rate due to diabetes had been around 28 per 100,000 population throughout the early part of the 2000s but began to decline in 2005. The rate currently stands at 19.3. The rate among Blacks is much higher than that of other racial/ethnic groups but the gap is narrowing. The rate among males is higher than the rate among females for each racial/ethnic group. County rates per 100,000 population range from a low of 12.5 in Morris to a high of 32.4 in Cumberland.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to diabetes among New Jersey residents is currently below that of the nation as a whole.

What Is Being Done?

The New Jersey Diabetes Prevention and Control Program seeks to reduce the health impacts of diabetes by increasing awareness of diabetes and its complications, improving the quality of diabetes care and access to care, developing partnerships and increasing community involvement to address diabetes issues, and utilizing data to better apply resources and improve health outcomes.
Page Content Updated On 02/21/2017, Published on 05/09/2017
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