How expensive is diabetes?

diabetes testAs more Americans develop diabetes, the cost of treating the disease in the United States is rising rapidly. According to a report from the American Diabetes Association, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes has risen to $245 billion, up from $174 billion in 2007. The report includes a detailed breakdown of costs along gender, racial and ethnic lines and breaks costs down on a state-by-state basis. The primary cause attributed to the rise in costs is the increasing prevalence of the condition.

Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and additional 79 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Medical expenditures for people with diabetes are more than two times higher than those without the condition.

How can you prevent diabetes? While some risk factors, like a family history of diabetes, are uncontrollable, others, like being overweight or sedentary or having low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides or high blood pressure can be reduced. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and how you can control them.

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