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Type 2 Diabetes STATISTICS

Updated on September 27, 2011

Alarming

A member of my family has been recently diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, a preventable disease. Upon doing my own research on this disease, I came up with some disturbing information. According to the American Diabetes Association(ADA), diabetes is becoming the new health epidemic of this century.

 Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. More than 23 million people in America have been diagnosed with this disease.

What is more alarming is the more than 57 million Americans who have pre-diabetes. Having pre-diabetes puts a person in direct risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the most preventable form of the disease.

The costs of diabetes to our society is absolutely staggering. According to the ADA diabetes costs Americans more than 174 billion in annual direct and indirect costs. In my state (Massachusetts), total diabetes costs reach over four billion.

According to the ADA, people with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately two to three times higher than people without the diagnosis.

If current trends continue, by 2048, 48 million Americans will be officially diagnosed with the disease.

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES INFORMATION

What To Do

 My purpose of this Hub was to point out the facts about diabetes.  Most people know some of the preventive ways to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  These preventive measures go hand in hand in fighting obesity as well.  In general,  people need to develop better eating habits as well as  maintain better fitness levels.  One of my ideas for the state of Massachusetts was to have the state government make health club costs tax deductible.  I realize that this proposal could be costly but health care costs savings are made in the prevention of this disease as well as other diseases associated with obesity.  Health club memberships and the classes and programs involved with them can be expensive.  Yearly costs can range from two hundred to more than one thousand dollars.  I believe making these costs tax deductible will be an added incentive for the average citizen to go to the gym.   By people developing better fitness levels and maintaining their weight better we will help reduce the prevalence of diabetes.  In turn we will reduce the cost of this disease to society.  As an added benefit we will reduce the prevalence of heart disease and other diseases associated with obesity and lack of physical activity.

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