Diabetes Is Not Cheap

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers have figured out how much a person with type 2 diabetes can expect to pay over a lifetime. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Xiaohui Zhuo ran a computer model based on national data. Here’s what he found:

“Persons with diabetes pay on average over $85,000 treating the disease over his or her lifetime.”

This includes treatment for diabetes such as insulin, and treatment for conditions that grow from diabetes, such as kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.

Zhou also says this puts numbers behind the need to prevent type 2 diabetes or to control it if people have the disease. Diet and physical activity can help in both.

The study is in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

1 comment for “Diabetes Is Not Cheap

  1. James Nickerson
    August 29, 2013 at 6:42 am

    As a diabetic for over 30 years and insulin dependent for 25, I know the costs of treating the disease. And it is getting worse, because the Pharmaceutical Industry has found new ways of pushing unnecessary drugs on people who are not truly diabetic.

    In 1988, when I was first diagnosed, the guidelines for diabetes was a blood glucose of over 150, with 125 to 150 being considered “high normal”. Then, around 2000, new “guidelines” were published, based on a Pharmaceutical Company sponsored “study” that indicated that lower blood sugars were healthier and “suggesting” that diabetes should be defined as anyone with a fasting blood sugar over 100. This placed millions of people oi the “diabetic” category and immediately caused them to be place on three drugs: a glipizide to control the sugar, a blood pressure drug and a statin to control cholesterol: a “three-fer” for the Drug Companies.

    What is sad is, in the 1990’s, a geneticist and diabetes expert in Columbia South America cloned pancreatic islets (the part of the pancreas that secrets insulin) from the mature stem cells of a 50 year old patient, injected them into the patient and “cured” the patient of diabetes.

    So much for “advancing medicine” in the name of science. Cures mean people no longer spend money; not on Doctor visits every 30 days, not on and endless supply of drugs, not on lab work. Ultimately, treatments are FAR more profitable than cures.

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