The Cost of Diabetes

October 28, 2013

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Practicing a healthy lifestyle shows that you truly care about your well being and by exercising and eating right, you can greatly lower health costs.Practicing preventative care will lower the cost of drug prescriptions and doctor visits.Eating a diet low in saturated fats, and living an active lifestyle can prevent diseases like diabetes, which require many medical prescriptions and visits.

The center for disease control and prevention suggests that by the year 2050, 1 in 3 people will battle type 2 diabetes. Diabetics cost the United States $174 billion dollars a year on treatments like insulin pens, pumps, doctor visits, and various other materials. The average amount of money a diabetic spends a year on their treatment, is $6,000. This average cost does not even include the costs of associated risks that accompany diabetes like, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or vision damage. With preventative care like exercise and proper nutrition, we can reduce the amount of diabetes in the US caused by obesity. 

So, how can diabetics save money while treating their disease affectively?Patients could try using generic drugs, or saving costs around their supplies and equipment.There are lots of medical supplies involved when treating diabetes.The strips used to test blood glucose alone cost 60-80 cents and blood glucose monitors cost between $10-$80.By maintaining a healthy blood glucose level, a diabetic will not need to test their blood glucose as often.By taking care of materials and properly storing them, diabetes equipment will hold up and last. 

The costs of disease like diabetes are incredible.Treatments, visits, and premiums are through the roof if you have a serious medical condition.The good news is that living healthy can easily prevent many of these diseases.Simple steps such as taking a walk everyday, or adding some greens to your dinner plate, are easy and can help point you in the direction of a health lifestyle. 

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What a great blog post about an important issue.After volunteering at a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes I realize how important it is.It is amazing how much diabetes costs and that is a challenge that manhy people in the US face, especially with Type 2 on the rise. 

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