Diabetes: A Costly Disease

The American Diabetes Association estimates that diabetes costs this country more than $174 billion per year. Breaking that figure down to an individual level brings home how financially straining the disease can be to diabetics.

The American Diabetes Association and Consumer Reports Health estimate that, on average, diabetic patients spend $6,000 per year treating the disease. Staggering as it seems, that figure only includes costs directly related to diabetes, such as monitoring supplies, doctor visits and medication. The amount would be much higher if it included costs for treating other conditions that result from Type 2 diabetes, like heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, eye disease, infections and poor healing that can lead to amputations.

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