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The $696 billion Disease

Published on April 17, 2012 by in In the news

Diabetes and Numbers

I came across a press release on finance.yahoo.com issued by the American Diabetes Association. This June “13,000 top scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals from around the world will share cutting edge research, treatment reccomendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes.” It goes on to say that with the 26 million people currently affected by the disease in the United States that it costs the country over $174 billion.

It gets worse. There are about 79 million Americans that are pre-diabetic. The rate of obesity (a major factor in Type II diabetes) has skyrocketed in the past 30 years. Let’s pretend that trend continues and those 79 million Americans become diabetic. Let’s do some diabetes math:

26 million people with diabetes at a cost of $174 billion.

About 3 times that many people, 79 million more get the disease. $174,000,000,000 x 3 = $522,000,000,000. Add that to the current amount spent on people that already have the disease:

174,000,000,000 + 522,000,000,000 = $696,000,000,000


$696 billion on a disease that can be prevented without medication in a lot of cases!

Stay tuned for more posts on diabetes and health care.



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4 Comments  comments 

nice post. You made some useful points.

Georgi says:

Diabetes. If you have hypoglycemia sveere enough to cause death then it would be due to insulin or oral medication used to treat diabetes. There are probably people who have died from non-diabetic related hypoglycemia but I doubt it is as common as someone dying from diabetes-related kidney or heart disease.

Monu says:

Yes, it’s amazing how many more cases of dbetaies there are in the U.S. The disease runs deep on my father’s side so it’s an issue close to my heart. I have actually seen 2 children at my school who have developed dbetaies while in elementary school just in the past 5 years, actually.

Wheels says:

Type 1 for 45 years, genetics gave me daeietbs, but my genetics have also kept me alive fairly complication free, but really scared to go to my eye doctor this year.

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