How is diabetes one of the biggest drains on our society's resources?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Diabetes is one of the biggest drains on our society's resources - both financial and human. The total economic toll of diabetes in the United States alone is more than $100 billion dollars annually. To put this in perspective, the average annual cost of health care for a diabetic is approximately $12,000, whereas the cost for an adult without diabetes is about $3,000. Diabetes is responsible for more than 30 million visits to doctors each year, and for a total of about 15 million days of hospitalization for diabetes-related issues. In addition to an earlier death, diabetes carries significant risks of serious complications such as blindness, a need for dialysis, and limb amputation.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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