Overview

Driving Out Diabetes: A Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative

A Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative

Gail Miller

Driving Out Diabetes: A Larry H. Miller Family Wellness Initiative

In partnership with the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, University of Utah Health is launching an interdisciplinary initiative to battle diabetes in the state of Utah and across the region through education and prevention outreach, innovations in clinical care, and cutting-edge research.

Through this partnership we will:

  • educate Utahns of all ages about diabetes and the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, taking this message to where people learn, work, pray, and play;
  • identify people who have higher chances of developing diabetes and target this population for primary diabetes prevention strategies;
  • deliver new models of diabetes clinical care to those who already have diabetes to help people better manage their diabetes and prevent health complications; and
  • invest in innovative research to discover scientific breakthroughs that will lead to improved treatments—and eventually cures—for people with diabetes in Utah and beyond.

The three-year, Driving Out Diabetes, Larry H. Miller Family Initiative was officially launched on July 5, 2017 to reduce the burden from diabetes in Utah and beyond.

Driving Out Diabetes
Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

How Many People Have Diabetes?

Diabetes is a growing, global epidemic. 30.3 million Americans (or 9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes. Sadly, one out of four people don’t even know they have it.

Another 84 million American adults have prediabetes. Of these people, nine out of 10 don’t know they are at risk of developing diabetes.

In Utah, nearly 145,000 adults (or 7.5 percent of the population) have been diagnosed with diabetes.

The number of people who have diabetes grows each year in Utah, the US, and around the world. With diabetes rates rising, many experts call it a global epidemic.

Diabetes also has high human and economic costs. Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Diabetes is also a leading cause of:

  • heart disease,
  • stroke,
  • kidney failure, and
  • limb amputations.

How Much Does Diabetes Cost the US Health System?

The total cost of diabetes in the US is estimated to be more than $245 billion. Spending on diabetes makes up one out of every five health care dollars spent in the US.

Diabetes is debilitating, costly, and often deadly. However, it can often be prevented.

Contact Us

Bridget Hughes, PhD

Associate Director, Research Program Development
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Research Unit
Bridget.hughes@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-9304