Panel Addresses Barriers to Care and the Threatening Impact of Diabetes in America
WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A distinguished panel of clinical and policy experts gathered by Novo Nordisk recently convened in Washington, D.C. to explore solutions to address the exponential growth of diabetes in America. The universal theme from the renowned speakers, including Larry Hausner, CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), was that the cost of the disease to our nation, at $218 billion annually, is startling and the lag in patient motivation to take action to offset the disease is distressing. Without intervention at both a national and patient level, our nation runs the risk of reaching a projected 50 million Americans having diabetes by the year 2025.
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"The growing prevalence of diabetes is having a profound effect on the health of current and future generations, as well as our national economy," said Hausner. "We must awaken the public's consciousness of diabetes, and ensure our leaders in Congress recognize healthcare reform as their opportunity to transform the lives of all people affected by this devastating disease."
Economic Burden of Diabetes Starts Early
With policy-makers in the midst of what could be the most far-reaching changes to our nation's healthcare system, data presented by Tim Dall, vice president, the Lewin Group, a health economist and investigator on numerous analytical and policy modeling studies, highlighted the importance of not just diabetes care, but also diabetes prevention as being significant considerations in healthcare reform.
"We tend to focus on the 23.6 million people living with diabetes,
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