Diabetes Is Costly

A young person with diabetes could earn an average of $160,000 less over their lifetime compared to someone without the disease, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Health Affairs.

Adolescents with diabetes are also more likely to drop out of high school than their peers — a more pronounced difference than seen in racial or gender disparities — and complete .25 fewer years of school, researchers found. That adds up to 150,000 lost years of school across the American population.

Source: Kaiser Health News

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  1. Brian says:

    I wonder how the costs of diabetes stacks up with the costs of other health problems/deficiencies.

  2. Joe Sherman says:

    Undoubtedly there are studies out there which show similar effects for children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Thism not the disease, is likely to explain the difference in wages:

    “…Racial disparities figure prominently in this equation, as they do in poor health outcomes of diabetes. As Monica Peek and colleagues note, in Chicago, diabetes prevalence on the South Side is roughly double that of white city neighborhoods—while African American areas of the city have five times the rate of leg amputations as primarily white neighborhoods.”

    The $160,000 lifetime difference isn’t that large. 2002 Census estimates of synthetic lifetime earnings based on 1997-99 wages suggest that a high school dropout earns about $1 million over a working life. A high school graduate about $1.2 million. People with some college are at $1.5 million, with associate degree are at $1.6, with a BA are at $2.1 and with a professional degree are at $4.4.

    NCES estimates that in 2009 8.1 percent of people aged 16-24 were high school dropouts. The rates was 5.2 for whites, 9.3 for blacks, and 17.6 for Hispanics. Unfortunately, groups with higher diabetes incidence are also more like to have not finished school. Correlation or causation?

    One 2007 estimate of the annual cost of insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetes in privately insured people less than 19 years old (Shrestha et al. 2011)estimated annual medical costs at $9,333 for diabetics dependent on insulin, $5,683 for diabetics not dependent on insulin, and $1,468 for those who didn’t have diabetes. Half of the extra medical costs were for prescription drugs.

  4. Dr. Steve says:

    Has anyone ever speculated on the cost of our sugar price support relative to our increase in diabetes? High sugar prices for the past 50(?) years has resulted in use of corn syrup and some speculate that may have in part created our problem with obesity and diabetes.

  5. Sonika says:

    You cannot take Metformin while pngenart!!! You can try to keep the glucose levels down with just food planning and exercise, but life is so much simpler with insulin to help.What the doctor is aiming at is a very healthy baby and mother when the pregnancy is over!!Ok, now change your whole lifestyle!! Because if you are GD you are at very much higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes later in life.Think of me as your Nana telling you how to live your life!!Start with the low carb lifestyle, Atkins phase 2, South Beach phase 2, Zone Diet, all will assist you to become a very healthy good mother. These food plans are very good to instill in your daughters also. They will be at a much higher risk for diabetes as well.Come on!! Pricking your fingers every day sometimes hurts, but taking an injection doesn’t hurt that much! You will be able to have more variety in food planning than if you flat out refuse to consider the insulin.Come through this pregnancy healthy and happy and have a healthy baby!! That is the name of the game! If it takes insulin, well it takes insulin.Good luck, little one!!!

  6. Wut says:

    A little iinulsn is the safer option. With a second pregnancy, the body finds it a little more difficult to balance blood glucose levels. Oral drugs are not a first option during pregnancy, because of the side-effects on the kidneys. The extra help from external iinulsn therapy is there to preserve the pancreas. If your blood glucose keeps to rise in your second trimester, it is best to try the iinulsn route. But keep this as low as possible, cause you’ll possibly put on a little more weight than expected.