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Diabetes Treatment Costs

Private Health Insurance Costs on the Rise
October 2007

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Diabetes and diabetes treatment costs Americans an estimated $150 billion a year, but as private health insurance becomes more and more difficult to get, will those with diabetes fall under the healthcare radar?

Diabetes alone represents 11% of the US health care and medical health insurance expenditures. People with diabetes have medical expenditures 2.4 times higher than they would if they did not have diabetes. But sadly, these costs and their horrible consequences aren't going to go down any time soon. The Kaiser Daily Report has found that "upon diagnosis, many patients with diabetes become "fixated" on controlling their blood sugar levels and neglect the need to lower their cholesterol level and take other steps to protect against heart disease, which eventually kills nearly everyone with diabetes."

And as private health insurance becomes harder and harder to find and/or maintain, those with diabetes will have to shoulder more and more of the costs of the disease.

The number of U.S. residents diagnosed with diabetes increased 61% from 1991 to 2001, according to CDC. Why the jump? This increase in diabetes seems to match up perfectly with a simultaneous boost in obesity in America. Now, with some private health insurance companies charging penalties to those people who are overweight, and rejecting other diabetics entirely, it is even more important to make decisions that can protect your health.

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Diabetes treatment costs Americans an estimated $150 billion a year?
This means eating right and getting a little exercise, but it also means having some kind of medical health insurance, and taking advantage of yearly checkups. Those yearly checkups provide the face-to-face time with doctors that can help people make the right choices to avoid obesity and diabetes. This in turn will minimize overall medical health insurance costs, and maximize the quality of life for millions of people.

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