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Estimated Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs), United States, 2013Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) is a measure that combines quality of life (QoL) and life expectancy. QoL is measured on a scale from 0 to 1, where 0 represents death and 1 represents perfect health.

Sex Age Group
(in years)
Average QALYs Lost due to
DiabetesQuality Adjusted Life Year, or QALYs, is a measure that accounts for early mortality and morbidity caused by diabetes by assigning patient utility values to health states and then summing utility values for each period over an appropriate time horizon (e.g., a person's remaining life expectancy).
Number of Persons
with Diabetes (in thousands)
Total QALYs Lost due to
Diabetes (in thousands)Reports the total number of QALYs lost across all people with diabetes.
Overall 18-44 11.1 3,325 37,073
45-64 6.5 11,482 74,145
65-74 2.8 5,821 16,354
75+ 1.3 4,221 5,482
Total 5.4 24,851 133,054
Male 18-44 11.2 1,535 17,269
45-64 6.3 5,962 37,737
65-74 2.5 2,958 7,415
75+ 1.1 1,860 1,985
Total 5.2 12,317 64,405
Female 18-44 11.1 1,789 19,804
45-64 6.6 5,519 36,409
65-74 3.1 2,863 8,939
75+ 1.5 2,360 3,498
Total 5.5 12,534 68,649

Data Sources: 2005-2011 National Health Interview Survey, 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, National Vital Statistics Report (2014) "United States Life Tables, 2010".

Notes: Average QALYs lost due to diabetes are averaged across each age year in the age group. Total estimates represent the weighted average of the age/sex group estimates, where the weights represent the relative share of persons with diabetes accounted for by each group.

Estimated numbers are rounded independently and may not add to totals.

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