The Diabetes Debt – Part One

With so much talk in the United States about the National Debt – we are in an election year, you know – I got to wondering how much Diabetes costs are on a national level.  When I found the numbers, to say I was a wee bit surprised (shocked) is an understatement.

Just a quick reminder: There are about 25,000,000 people in the United States with Diabetes – most of them appear to have Type 2 Diabetes.  Rounding numbers a bit, there are about 8,000,000 folks who have been diagnosed and are under a doctor’s care to one degree or another; and, there are about 17,000,000 who are not diagnosed, but have Diabetes.  That’s about 8.3% of the population.  You can see the figures here.

The real surprise is that there are 79,000,000 folks who have Prediabetes, or near 25% of the people living in the USA.  That’s a massive number of people who do not have to get the disease, but unfortunately many will.  Total number with Diabetes or Prediabetes is about 104,000,000

Got the numbers?  Good.

Oh, and just so you know, there are about 55,000,000 folks in Europe (See Europe At A Glance) with the disease; in Australia there are about 3,500,000 who have Diabetes or Prediabetes.

In the United States Diabetes costs $174,000,000,000 per year based on figures from 2007.  That’s one hundred seventy-four billion dollars a year for treatment of Diabetes and the complications that arise from Diabetes.  I don’t care how much money you have, that’s a lot.  About $85,000,000,000 is spent on hospital costs – one of the costs of the complications from the disease; a lot of that money that DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SPENT if people fought the disease.

To put the annual cost of Diabetes in perspective: It’s more than the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina (a mere $150,000,000).

The costs are staggering.  But, you can do something about it.  You can control your Diabetes.  You can fight and win.  You know how.  Diet.  Exercise.  Medication.  It’s just that simple.  And, yet there are millions of people who seem to be in denial or who refuse to take the disease seriously.  But, don’t worry, Diabetes takes you seriously and is an insidious, tenacious enemy if you don’t fight back.

You can do it.  You can win the battle by taking little steps everyday.

As always, thank you for reading.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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