The Cost of Diabetes
Not only is diabetes a condition that has to be monitored and controlled; it is also very costly. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes treatment in the United States was $174 billion in 2007 and may be even higher today. Once undiagnosed cases are counted – including pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes – that cost jumps to $218 billion. With diabetes on the rise in the US, what will that cost be in 2050 when one in three US adults (CDC estimate) is expected to have the condition?
As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is quickly becoming a national concern. In addition, diabetes can also lead to blindness. It is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults aged 20-74. The risk of stroke is two to four times higher for people with diabetes, and in 2004, more than 70,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in people with diabetes.
The cost of diabetes shouldn’t just be looked at in terms of dollars and cents – it carries severe health risks and effects, along with the cost to one’s quality of life. Not all cases of diabetes can be prevented, but by controlling one’s diet and exercising, many new cases can be. Those who are borderline diabetic can take steps now to reduce their risk, while those who have the condition may be able to control, improve or eliminate it with weight loss surgery.Back To All Posts