Last Year's Diabetes Price Tag: $245B
Soaring diabetes rate is causing costs to climb steeply
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 12:37 PM CST
America's soaring diabetes rate is causing the costs associated with diabetes to soar, too, rising to $245 billion last year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – As diabetes rates soar across the United States, so too do the costs associated with the disease. The diabetes price tag climbed to $245 billion last year, a 41% increase from the $174 billion spent just five years earlier, reports USA Today. The breakdown of that figure: $176 billion in direct medical expenses and $69 billion in indirect costs like lost productivity and unemployment. While the price of treating each person with diabetes hasn't changed much, the number of Americans with the disease has risen to 22.3 million, up from 17.5 million in 2007.

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Mar 8, 2013 11:03 AM CST
Beginning in 2014 your health care premiums will no longer be effected by what your unhealthy habits are costing the health care system. As a matter of fact the only folks who will held accountable for their behavior as it relates to health decisions are smokers. Next year if you are 800 lbs with multiple chronic illnesses, your premium will be based primarily on your income (which I am guessing would not be much if you are 800 lbs).
Mar 6, 2013 6:37 PM CST
High fructose corn syrup is fucking poison.It's so shitty for you, that even Mexico doesn't even allow it in soft drinks.
Mar 6, 2013 5:25 PM CST
Does this price tag include the subsidies to ADM and their ilk to produce the high fructose corn syrup that the food industry disposes of in the food supply chain?