Diabetes  /  Future Value

Despite recent advances, diabetes continues to be a major health threat for at least 29 million Americans who have it and the 86 million Americans with prediabetes. The biggest concerns for individuals with the disease are its many complications and co-morbidities; which can cause vision loss, heart disease, stroke, and other debilitating medical conditions. With the aging of the population and the rise in risk factors like obesity, these problems are going to skyrocket, making medical innovation more critical than ever.

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    • To date, multiple genomewide comparisons of thousands of subjects with type 2 diabetes and controls without the disease have identified approximately twenty-five DNA variants that are significantly associated with type…  
    • 150 drugs are in development for diabetes. Diabetes affects 12.2 million Americans age 60 and older.  
    • Following the current path, diabetes cases will increase by 52.9% between 2003 and 2023. If an alternative path is taken, there will be 13.3% (2.8 million) fewer diabetes cases.  
    • Widespread use of diabetes prevention drugs that enhance insulin sensitivity could result in a 50% prevention of type 2 diabetes over a 10 to 15 year period.  
    • One economic model predicts that if type 1 and type 2 diabetics had begun Captopril (a drug that controls blood pressure and delays the onset of kidney failure) treatment in…  
    • Every additional dollar spent on intensive blood glucose control for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients has produced health gains valued at $3.77.