About $80 Billion Go To Provide Care For People With Diabetes

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One out of every eight federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes.


The study, based on federal spending data from FY 2005, is the first of its kind to look at all federally-funded programs that have an impact on diabetes prevention and treatment. The study found that it costs the federal government nearly $80 billion ($79.7) more to treat people with diabetes than those without the disease. This represents 12 percent of $645 billion in total federal health care spending, the official total for federal health care spending projected that year. Virtually every department in the federal government -- 18 out of 21 -- has some level of spending that impacts diabetes, however, the study found a serious lack of coordination across the various agencies and programs.

"We are spending as much on diabetes as we are on the entire Department of Education, but no one is leading the effort. The staggering cost of treating diabetes and the number of diabetes-related programs highlight a need for a National Changing Diabetes Coordinator to ensure results," said Dana Haza, senior director of the National Changing Diabetes(SM) Program (NCDP). NCDP was created and funded by Novo Nordisk to mobilize the nation to improve diabetes prevention and treatment.

Since 1980, the number of Americans suffering from diabetes has doubled to more than 20 million, and that number is projected to double again by 2025. Diabetes has serious complications that are largely preventable with proper management and treatment. They include heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, blindness, amputation and renal disease. Prevention efforts such as proper nutrition and physical activity are most effective with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. According to the

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