Diabetes Forecast

The High Cost of Diabetes

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Diabetes-related costs can put a major dent in your monthly budget, but how do those costs add up over the years? In a national survey, researchers found that lifetime health care spending is between $14,768 and $159,081 higher for people with diabetes compared with those without the disease. In another analysis, researchers found that the number of years of life lost to diabetes ranged from 2.3 to 6.8 years, depending on age, gender, race, and body mass index. The cost differences were higher for males than females. On the bright side, other studies point to control of glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol as ways to keep costs down.



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