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Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Accounted for $218 Billion in Costs in 2007, Health Affairs Paper Demonstrates
Date:1/13/2010

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A new analysis found that the cost of diabetes and pre-diabetes reached $218 billion in 2007, with the exploding number of cases of type 2 diabetes responsible for the majority of the costs. The National Changing Diabetes® Program (NCDP), a program of Novo Nordisk, commissioned the analysis, published online as a Web First article today in Health Affairs and performed by researchers at The Lewin Group.

According to the study, diagnosed type 2 diabetes accounted for $174.4 billion of 2007 spending on diabetes and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes was responsible for $18 billion in costs. Spending on type 1 diabetes totaled $14.9 billion in 2007. Pre-diabetes, a state of elevated blood glucose that affects one in every four adults in the U.S. and is a precursor to diabetes, cost $25 billion. Gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy, was associated with $636 million in costs.

"Families dealing directly with the disease know how out-of-pocket medical expenses and reduced earnings can be fiscally disastrous, but diabetes hurts every American," said Tim Dall, managing director of The Lewin Group, who led the research. "The burden of diabetes and pre-diabetes -- $700 for every man, woman and child in the country in 2007 -- represents a hidden 'tax' that we all pay through higher insurance premiums."

The analysis examined both direct medical costs, which accounted for $153 billion in spending, and $65 billion in indirect costs associated with absenteeism and disease-related productivity los
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