In 2014, the age-standardized prevalence of raised blood glucose (≥7.0 mmol/L) in adults aged 18 years and older in the Region of the Americas by country ranges from a low of 5.5% in Canada to 14.5% in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prevalence is higher among women than men. In all countries of the region, the prevalence of raised fasting blood glucose increased from 1980 to 2014, with a striking increase in Caribbean countries.

This data visualization allows you to explore the levels and trends of the prevalence of raised fasting blood glucose in countries of the Americas from 1980 to 2014.


In the map and horizontal bar chart, data are presented in five discrete classes created using the quantile classification method. Each class contains 20% of countries, which is easy to interpret. The quintile classes are labeled sequentially from Q1 as the first quintile including the lowest fifth (1% to 20%) of the data to Q5, the fifth quintile representing the class with the highest fifth (81% to 100%) of the data.


Indicator name: Prevalence of raised fasting blood glucose (≥7.0 mmol/L)

Data type: Percent

Topic: Risk factors

Definition: Percent of defined population with fasting blood glucose ≥126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/l) or history of diagnosis with diabetes or use of insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs.

Disaggregation: Sex, Year, Country

Method of measurement: Based on measured blood glucose.

Method of estimation: Input data and methods are described in the following technical documents:

Preferred data sources: Population-based surveys

Other possible data sources: Surveillance systems