H-HEALTHY LIVING

Mar 8, 2013 12:18 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

More than $200 billion spent on diabetes-related costs

The cost of treating diabetes and missed work from the diagnosis have cost the United States more than $200 billion dollars last year.

A new study commissioned by the American Diabetes Associated found diabetes-related costs are up more than 47 percent since 2007.

That includes costs of hospital stays, medication, emergency care, lost productivity and unemployment. Experts say the costs per patient have not gone up, rather the number of patients diagnosed with the disease went from 17 million to 22 million.

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