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Pre-Diabetes Costs Nation $25 Billion Annually in Extra Medical Care, New Data Show
Date:6/24/2009

The studies were conducted by The Lewin Group and appear in the current edition of the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Management. Both studies tracked medical claims filed between 2004 and 2006 to identify patients with pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes and compared their health care usage with a reference population.

"It is absolutely critical that we understand the economic impact of diabetes on the nation so that we can develop health care policies that can effectively support the necessary behavior change and aggressive medical management needed to stem the diabetes epidemic," said Dana Haza, Senior Director of NCDP, an initiative created by Novo Nordisk to drive systems change at the national and local level.

Pre-diabetes

Pre-diabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes that is characterized by elevated glucose levels, affects one in four adults, or an estimated 57 million Americans. According to the study, as many as 83 percent of people with impaired glucose tolerance may develop diabetes unless they take significant steps to lose weight, eat right and exercise more. The total annual cost of pre-diabetes to the nation's health care system is more than $25 billion, or $443 for each adult suffering from the condition, according to the study.

"These cost estimates are likely to understate the real economic burden of pre-diabetes and do not take into account the reduced quality of life associated with pre-diabetes," said Yiduo Zhang, PhD, The Lewin Group, and lead author of the pre-diabetes study. "Even before type 2 diabetes develops, we found that the everyday life of people with pre-diabetes is being affected."

People with pre-diabetes have statistically higher rates of medical visits compared to people with normal blood-sugar levels, according to the study. And people with pre-diabetes more frequently seek medical attention for hi
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