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The Economic Burden of Elevated Blood Glucose Levels

Dec 11, 2014

A recent study showed that the diabetes "family" (diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes [all ages], gestational diabetes, and prediabetes [adults]) cost the U.S. economy approximately $322 billion in 2012. This national estimate is 48% higher than the $218 billion estimate for 2007. Projected trends show that this number will increase due to population growth, aging, and increasing diversity (ethnic populations are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes). According to the researchers, the numbers are most likely conservative estimates. The TODAY study demonstrated that the disease course is more aggressive in youth, and fewer treatment options are available, also contributing to rising costs. Diabetes Care Dec 2014 vol. 37 no. 12 3172-3179 doi: 10.2337/dc14-1036