Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 

Healthcare dollars

Most of the numbers below won’t mean much to you because they are mind-boggling. Also note that most of the cost is caused by type 2 diabetes in people over 65. From Diabetes Care:

“The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2017 is $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity. For the cost categories analyzed, care for people with diagnosed diabetes accounts for 1 in 4 health care dollars in the U.S., and more than half of that expenditure is directly attributable to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of ∼$16,750 per year, of which ∼$9,600 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures ∼2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. Indirect costs include increased absenteeism ($3.3 billion) and reduced productivity while at work ($26.9 billion) for the employed population, reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($2.3 billion), inability to work because of disease-related disability ($37.5 billion), and lost productivity due to 277,000 premature deaths attributed to diabetes ($19.9 billion).”

Source: Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 | Diabetes Care

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Steve Parker, M.D.


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5 responses to “Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 

  1. Ivan

    So much money being made for big med and big pharma. So little money going to type 1 diabetes cure.

  2. MelissaBishop

    And yet, no one is regulating how the food industry creates food addicts and diabetes with their ‘bliss pints’ and other added chemicals to keep people hooked on eating.

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  4. Vincent

    Sometimes we forget that medical conditions have very real costs. This is a key reason for trying to reduce disease risk and improve outcomes if you have the condition.