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Health Indicator Report of Diabetes Deaths

In 2017, diabetes was the 6th leading cause of death for New Mexicans and the 7th leading cause in the U.S. Diabetes complications, which are costly to individuals, families and to society, include premature death, cardiovascular disease, blindness, end stage kidney disease, and lower extremity amputations. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and stroke; about 65% of deaths in people with diabetes nationwide are due to these conditions. Costs of diabetes extend beyond medical costs, such as costs due to lower productivity, disability and loss of productive life due to premature death, and care-taking by family members. Effective and accessible diabetes prevention and management programs and resources are necessary to reverse the increasing rates of diabetes in our communities and reduce diabetes complications.
The diabetes mortality rate for recent years appears to be lower than that of the early 2000's and the rate appears to decline in a near-stepwise fashion over time. Though there was no significant difference between most intervening years, this fairly consistent decrease in rates may be suggestive of a trend toward lower diabetes mortality. This same pattern is seen in the U.S. rate.


Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population, except for rates by age group. Diabetes deaths include those with ICD10 codes E10 - E14 and as underlying cause of death.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database (

Data Interpretation Issues

Diabetes deaths include those with ICD10 codes E10 - E14. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a coding system that provides the rules for coding and classifying causes of death. Diseases listed on death certificates are assigned specific ICD codes. The ICD is developed collaboratively between the World Health Organization (WHO) and 10 international centers, such as the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. This system allows death data to be collected and compared among different areas. Under the ICD, the underlying cause of death is the disease or injury that started the sequence of events leading directly to death. In addition, multiple causes of death can also be assigned; these are all the diseases or injuries which led to death. Diabetes can be one of the multiple causes of death in significant percentages of heart disease and stroke deaths. Thus the diabetes death rates shown here are an underestimate of the extent of diabetes-related deaths, since the rate is based only on the underlying cause and doesn't reflect its influence on heart disease or stroke deaths.


The diabetes death rate: the number of deaths attributed to diabetes per 100,000 people, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population.


Number of deaths among New Mexico residents due to diabetes as the underlying cause of death.


Estimated total number (population) of New Mexico residents.
Page Content Updated On 11/27/2018, Published on 12/05/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 1 May 2019 12:38:15 MDT