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Diabetes Care Could Top $336 Billion By 2034

The number of Americans with diabetes is expected to continue to rise, which only adds to the already staggering costs of this disease. One of the biggest dangers faced by Americans comes not from outside the country’s borders, but from within. The way Americans eat and how they move — or don’t move — is driving the country’s high rates of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. And it’s putting a dent in our wallets. Take diabetes, for example. A new government report found that almost 10 percent of U.S. adults have diabetes, with many more in the early stages of the disease. The annual price tag for this chronic illness runs into the billions of dollars for medical care and lost productivity. As bad as that seems, other research shows that left unchecked, one-third of American adults could have diabetes by 2050, with an equally staggering blow to the U.S. economy. All numbers up and to the right A report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 30.2 million Americans 18 years or older — 9.4 percent of the population — had diabetes in 2015. Nearly a quarter of the people were unaware that they had diabetes, Continue reading >>

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  1. Shreyas Ramakrishna

    I use a Medtronic Minimed insulin pump, so I will list all my medical expenses per month for the same.

  2. Angad Chandhok

    Well it totally depends on the insulin you’re using and the method of injecting.
    Some people are on the MDIs(multiple daily injections) regimen while some use insulin pump.
    Out of those on MDIs, some people use basal-bolus separately while others are on mixtards like 30/70 or 50/50 insulin.
    Some people use syringe and vial for injecting, while some use insulin pens.
    Mixtard insulin is comparitively cheaper than the separate basal-bolus insulin, and insulin vials are cheaper than the insulin pen cartridges.
    I’ve always been on MDIs and plan to shift to an insulin pump later.
    I used to be on 30/70 mixtard but later changed to basal-bolus as it made me manage my blood glucose levels more efficiently.
    My basal insulin is Tresiba and bolus is Novorapid, and I use insulin pen for delivering.
    Tresiba pen costs around Rs.1650/- (Sadly, there’s no cartridge for Tresiba and one needs to buy the whole disposable pen every time) and Novorapid cartridges cost around Rs.450/-.
    Since both the cartridge and the pen contain 300 units, and I take 15 units basal along with 18 units bolus( 6 units per meal on average) daily, the cost for Tresiba and Novorapid comes out around to be Rs. 82.50/- and Rs. 27/- respectively, which adds up to Rs. 110/- daily.

    But clearly as the other answers have shown, the daily cost will vary from person to person depending on the insulin type, insulin brand, method of injecting and daily insulin requirement !

  3. Alok Kumar

    People with type 1 diabetes cannot make insulin because the beta cells in their pancreas are damaged or destroyed. Therefore, these people will need insulin injections to allow their body to process glucose and avoid complications from hyperglycemia

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