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.

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