Table 1—

VA patients 1998–2000: demographics and diabetes prevalence

FY1998—10/97–9/98*
FY1999—10/98–9/99
FY2000—10/99–9/00
1999 survey
All patients
Diabetes
All patients
Diabetes
All patients
Diabetes
Diabetes prevalence
No.%§No.Prevalence (%)
No.%No.Prevalence (%)
No.%No.Prevalence (%)
CrudeSRCrudeSRCrudeSRCrudeSR
Overall2,924,148489,59616.79.13,094,710576,98518.610.23,332,566654,67719.611.420.014.2
Sex
 Male2,786,40795.3479,87417.210.32,948,30295.3565,43519.211.73,177,09395.3641,59820.213.120.715.9
 Female137,7414.79,7227.17.9146,4074.711,5507.98.9155,4714.713,0798.49.710.312.6
Age (years)
 18–44371,17912.710,0842.78.0387,69212.513,3233.43.7402,21412.116,0394.04.47.06.7
 45–54598,75220.553,8819.08.7629,61520.368,36710.910.4661,93519.981,03612.211.816.715.9
 55–64504,52217.381,00116.117.4544,54217.6100,88218.519.3597,21217.9118,86019.921.024.427.2
 65–74646,22522.1154,15423.924.1703,88622.7184,08926.226.3791,41123.7213,99127.028.627.032.1
 75–84683,00023.4167,26924.523.9715,97723.1182,92125.525.5772,97223.2198,95025.726.924.728.5
 85–108120,4704.123,20719.322.2112,9983.722,57620.023.0106,8223.221,14919.823.418.921.8
Race
 White1,780,19960.9354,97019.98.41,885,61160.9418,33922.29.42,000,73860.0476,42623.810.519.012.8
 African American415,11914.283,82720.211.3420,84913.693,54522.212.7420,15612.698,23623.413.922.119.3
 Hispanic119,8214.126,81622.410.5124,9654.031,11724.912.0131,9404.035,05726.613.324.219.5
 Native American9,1270.31,98921.812.09,0790.32,18524.113.88,9780.32,26825.314.924.328.9
 Asian/Pacific Islander21,0600.75,64126.813.121,5650.76,44029.914.922,1020.76,88331.116.120.918.9
 Unknown578,82219.816,353632,64120.425,359748,65222.535,807
  • *

    * Fiscal years from October 1997 to September 2000;

  • veteran with any VA medical care use in year;

  • among all patients, those with a VA diabetes medication prescription in the year and/or two or more diabetes diagnostic codes in the prior 24 months in the combined health care data from the VA and Medicare;

  • §

    § column %—distribution of all patients by demographics;

  • row %—proportion of all patients in row with diabetes;

  • National Health Survey (n = 877,775) conducted July 1999; SR, standardized rate—directly standardized to the sex, age, and race distribution of the general U.S. adult population in 2000.