Silver Book Fact

The number of Americans with diabetes is growing at a rate of 8% a year.

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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  • 1 out of every 10 healthcare dollars spent in the U.S. is spent on diabetes mellitus.  
  • Health care costs adjusted for age and sex are 2.3 times greater among people with diabetes than among those without the disease.  
  • The average yearly total costs for a person with diabetes who developed complications were $20,700- almost three times the average cost of $7,800 for diabetes patients without complications.  
  • Close to 1/3 of those age 65 and older have diabetes.