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The soaring costs of diabetes in America

Diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion last year.

The American Diabetes Association says $169 billion was spent on hospital and emergency care, doctors’ visits, and medications for diabetes.

There were also $69 billion in indirect costs, including lost productivity and premature death.

More than 22 million people were living with diabetes in 2012, which is about seven percent of the US population.

About one third of Americans over 65 have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.


4 Comments to “The soaring costs of diabetes in America”

    cutting yourself said:
    March 12, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Diabetes is a horrible illness

    Chia Lover said:
    March 18, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    These are great information! Yup, Diabetes is really a horrible illness. As a Chia lover, I can say that Chia seeds help diabetics control blood sugar. In fact it can be used in any of your favorite foods.

    Stalina Dsouza said:
    April 24, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I know that a diabetic can have any diet he or she wants. I am interested in a healthy diabetic diet. The American Diabetes Association recommends no more than three eggs per week, no more than 1500mg of sodium per day and limiting bacon consumption. When I was in the hospital they would serve me two to three scrambled eggs and two slices of bacon everyday. They would' give me at least 2000mg of sodium per day. Why doesn't the hospital feed their diabetic patients based on the ADA's recommendations?

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