Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

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THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows.

Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 percent, the researchers added.

In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled more than $1,000 for every American. That total includes $244 billion in medical costs — including doctor’s office and hospital visits, prescription drugs and other health conditions such as high blood pressure and kidney complications — and $78 billion in lost work productivity.

That same year, the cost of prediabetes — a condition in which a person has high blood sugar levels, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes — were $44 billion, while the cost…

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