The High Cost of Diabetes

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. Over 100 million people in this country are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Diabetes causes significant life changes for patients, who have to constantly monitor what they eat, and keep track of their blood sugar.

Mismanaging a patient’s health can have life threatening consequences. This creates a significant problem, and not just medically, but financially as well. The cost of diabetes in this country impacts health care expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, the patients ability to earn a living wage, and it financially impacts the employer as well.

According to diabetes.org, the cost of diagnosed diabetes for 2017 is $327 billion, $90 billion of which is attributed to reduced productivity to employers. We spend over $106 billion dollars just in medications and testing supplies for diabetic patients. These are just the expenses for those that are diagnosed as a diabetic, and do not include those that are unaware that they have diabetes, and it also fails to include the costs associated with being pre-diabetic. Now, here’s a scary statistic, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans don’t even know that they have diabetes. Over 7 million people are living with this condition and have no idea.

The financial burden that diabetes puts on our healthcare system is high, but it’s also high for the patients as well. Pharmacytimes.com reports that those with diabetes spend more than double what their healthy peers do on medical expenses each year.  Those without insurance often go without treatment and are 168% more likely to visit the emergency room than their counterparts with insurance. For all patients, inadequate care can lead to hypertension, heart disease, blindness, amputation, and even death.

 

The Modern Revolution is a division of A Well Run Life. We offer Health Coaching services designed to help you change your life, one habit at a time. Contact us at info@awellrunlife.com for more information on The Body Restortation Program.

 

 

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