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Americans Who Don't Know They Have Diabetes Incur $18 Billion in Health Expenses Each Year
Date:5/20/2009

a year. Yet costs increase with age. For Type 1 patients over age 65, the average annual cost was $35,365 per patient. The increased cost associated with people over 65 is the result of high use of expensive nursing and residential facilities. Sixty-six percent of the 165,000 Type 1 patients over age 65 will spend at least some portion of the year in a nursing home.

"There are about 16 times as many people with Type 2 diabetes as with Type 1, so health care policy focusing on Type 2 diabetes has the greatest potential to lower the overall economic burden of the disease," Dall said. "Yet the very high costs associated with Type 1 diabetes -- particularly among the elderly -- highlight the importance of aggressive disease management to prevent costly complications."

The overall economic burden of diabetes is significant. However, both studies note that the total cost to society is higher than any estimate when the impact of reduced quality of life is taken into account.

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