Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

High lifetime costs for type 2 diabetes

Date:
August 8, 2013
Source:
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health
Summary:
A person with type 2 diabetes spends on average more than $85,000 treating the disease and its complications over their lifetime, according to a recent study.

A person with type 2 diabetes may spend an average of nearly $85,500 to treat the disease and its complications over his or her lifetime, reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the greater the lifetime costs, with costs for women slightly higher than for men. Anything that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes could lead to a sizeable reduction in healthcare costs in the future, say the researchers.

The goals of the study were to understand the financial return on preventing or delaying onset of type 2 diabetes and to get a sense of the long-term financial impact of new cases of diabetes and its complications, said Xiaohui Zhuo, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and lead author. "This has become increasingly important given the rapid increase of the number of the incident cases in the U.S. and worldwide," he said.

Researchers at the CDC and Research Triangle International in Research Triangle Park, NC, created a simulation model to examine the costs of treating type 2 diabetes and its complications in newly diagnosed people over a lifetime, instead of merely focusing on the economic burden of treating type 2 diabetes in a given year.

The model revealed that a man diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between the ages of 25 and 44 can be expected to incur related costs of $124,700 over his lifetime. A woman diagnosed at the same age may incur related costs of $130,800 over her lifetime. Lifetime costs go down the later in life the diagnosis is made.

Treating complications due to diabetes account for 53 percent of lifetime costs, with 57 percent of that due to complications caused by damage to large blood vessels, which can lead to coronary heart disease and stroke.

Direct medical costs include both the costs of treating diabetes, such as doctor visits, medication, and testing supplies, and for treating complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage, eye damage, heart disease, amputations, and stroke.

"This is a different approach to a calculation of the costs of diabetes," said Robert E. Ratner, M.D., chief scientific and medical officer at the American Diabetes Association. "A better way of doing it is to note that in 2012, in the U.S., we actually had $176 billion in direct medical costs treating people with diabetes," he said. "This is up 40 percent in five years."

Ratner noted that complications due to diabetes have been decreasing in incidence and severity because of better control of blood sugar levels. "There has been a 50 percent reduction in the need for amputations and a 35 percent drop in kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplantation in the last 12 years," he said. But these gains--and their associated cost reductions--are swamped by the rising number of new cases of type 2 diabetes. "When you look at the annual costs, you can clearly see this is an untenable rate of growth."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Zhuo X, Zhang P, Hoerger TJ. Lifetime direct medical costs of treating type 2 diabetes and diabetic complications. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2013

Cite This Page:

Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. "High lifetime costs for type 2 diabetes." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 August 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130808170018.htm>.
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. (2013, August 8). High lifetime costs for type 2 diabetes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130808170018.htm
Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. "High lifetime costs for type 2 diabetes." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130808170018.htm (accessed July 31, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Health Insurers' Profits Slide

Reuters - Business Video Online (July 30, 2014) Obamacare-related costs were said to be behind the profit plunge at Wellpoint and Humana, but Wellpoint sees the new exchanges boosting its earnings for the full year. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Concern Grows Over Worsening Ebola Crisis

Concern Grows Over Worsening Ebola Crisis

AFP (July 30, 2014) Pan-African airline ASKY has suspended all flights to and from the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the worsening Ebola health crisis, which has so far caused 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Duration: 00:43 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey

At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey

AP (July 30, 2014) At least 20 New Jersey residents have tested positive for chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through the Caribbean. (July 30) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Xtreme Eating: Your Daily Caloric Intake All On One Plate

Xtreme Eating: Your Daily Caloric Intake All On One Plate

Newsy (July 30, 2014) The Center for Science in the Public Interest released its 2014 list of single meals with whopping calorie counts. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

    Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile: iPhone Android Web
    Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins