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Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy by Age, in the US

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Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in America 5th Edition. Chicago: IL: Prevent Blindness America; 2012. http://www.visionproblemsus.org/. Accessed May 17, 2016

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

Related Facts

  • The per capita annual cost of health care for a diabetic increased from $10,071 in 1997 to $13,243 in 2002–an increase of more than 30%.  
  • A person with diabetes can expect to lose more than $160,000 over his or her working life, compared to a peer without the disease.  
  • Between 2005 and 2008, 4.2 million adults age 40 and older had diabetic retinopathy.  
  • Globally, diabetes affected an estimated 366 million adults in 2011- a figure predicted to rise to 552 million by 2030.  
  • In 2002, diabetes mellitus caused 54,715 deaths in people age 65 and older – ~74% of all diabetes mellitus deaths that year.