Controlling the Costs Associated With Diabetes
Diabetes is extremely costly. Roughly 10 percent of American adults have diabetes and roughly 30 percent of individuals have pre-diabetes. In 2012, the estimates indicated that medical costs such as emergency hospitalizations, medications and doctor's visits added up to $176 billion. These figures show that diabetes treatment accounts for nearly 7 percent of the money that is spend in the United States health care system. Every year, roughly $70 billion in productivity is lost from patients with diabetes. This productivity is lost due to diabetes because of the early onset of disability, emergency hospitalizations, and early deaths. The ongoing crisis with regard to obesity will also make these costs go higher in the future.
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