Diabetes is serious chronic disease that poses a major public health problem. More than 827,000 adults in Illinois have been diagnosed with diabetes and each year more than 2,700 residents die from the disease. Many more suffer from complications such as heart disease, vision loss and amputations. The burden of diabetes is even higher among minority populations, such as African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
With the return of the diabetes program to the Illinois Department of Public Health through Governor Quinn’s Executive Order, the Department is working to improve the health of people at risk for, or affected by, diabetes. Please explore the resources on this Web site to learn more about diabetes and the program.