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Heart Disease, Diabetes Lead In U.s. Health Care Spending

SEATTLE, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A new study of health care costs found that just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States. The study, which covered 155 conditions, showed the most expensive health condition was diabetes, which totaled $101 billion between diagnoses and treatment costs, and spending increased 36 times faster than the cost of heart disease. The study tracked personal health care spending over an 18-year period from 1996-2013 and found that a total of $30.1 trillion was spent on health care in the United States during that time. Heart disease was the second leading health care cost, and the number one cause of death for the past 18 years. Back and neck pain were the third leading health care cost, according to the study, which separated spending on public health programs from personal health care spending. Aside from the top three conditions, hypertension and injuries from falls made up 18 percent of all personal health spending and totaled $437 billion in 2013. Other conditions among the top 20 included musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. "While it is well known that Continue reading >>

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  1. Deborah L

    Is an A1C of 6% diabetic?

    I'm brand new here and learning. I had a doctor tell me I was diabetic because of my A1C hitting 6% but 2 weeks later a different doctor told me I wasn't. I've read it both way during my research and it gets confusing.

  2. CassandraG

    I was there once. 6.1 I was told that I was at the point that diet and removal of stress could keep me off the meds. I did not listen and now I am fighting to stay off the needle. I am way more scared of needles than that sneakers bar that calls me…LOL

  3. sheriden

    When My Doc did my A1c he said way to many Dr. go with pre or borderline stuff and if they would just start treating it asap it may not go full blowen. Mine was around 6 all the times in the past with being pregnent way high and if my last was not 3 months early I would have been in the hospital for those last 3 mo on pump. Now my A1c was like 7.5 so I would listen to what your doctor is saying. I wish I had had mine way befor now I don' know if I would still have had to take meds or not.

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Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Back Pain Dominate Us Health Care Spending

New analysis of American health spending examines costs of 155 conditions in 2013; just 20 problems account for half of all spending SEATTLE – Just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis that examines spending by diseases and injuries. The most expensive condition, diabetes, totaled $101 billion in diagnoses and treatments, growing 36 times faster than the cost of ischemic heart disease, the number-one cause of death, over the past 18 years. While these two conditions typically affect individuals 65 and older, low back and neck pain, the third-most expensive condition, primarily strikes adults of working age. These three top spending categories, along with hypertension and injuries from falls, comprise 18% of all personal health spending, and totaled $437 billion in 2013. This study, published today in JAMA, distinguishes spending on public health programs from personal health spending, including both individual out-of-pocket costs and spending by private and government insurance programs. It covers 155 conditions. “While it is well known that the US spends more than any other Continue reading >>

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  1. bjcarter

    Side effects of Stopping Metformin

    Hi! I'm new to this forum and regretting not finding this community earlier. I was diagnosed with Type 2 last summer with all the telltale symptoms and an H1Ac of 9.5. I made all the radical changes others have documented throughout this forum. I changed my diet to strict low carb. Started a rigorous exercise regiment. Began taking MetforminXR (500mg). Lost 40 pounds... etc. My numbers plummeted and I felt great. My doctor subsequently asked me to stop taking the metforminXR and I've been off of it for about 20 days now. My BG values as taken with my handheld are fine. Fasting is usually around 95 +/- 10 and my post meal peaks rarely exceed 120 to 130. Still, overall I feel awful. I feel the peaks and valley of normalcy and fatigue that I did before I was diagnosed. I often feel listless and even a little lethargic. I sometimes get cotton mouth and thirst but they don't seem to correspond to peak BG values. My lifestyle remains as it was before I stopped the metformin. This is a little frustrating.
    Has anyone else experienced a similar side effect to coming off metformin? I appreciate any insight.

  2. furball64801

    Hi and welcome to DD I think it might have been better to cut the dose in half and just cut it back a little at a time giving the body a chance to adjust. I am really sorry to hear your having a problem with the metformin, I hope it improves in the future.

  3. The Dutchman

    Hello and welcome to DD,
    I can't remember there were any problems, and I quit at once. Used 2 x 500mg and had always problems with Metformin after I quit the most was gone ...
    I agree with furball, better to cut the dose in half and just cut it back a little....
    And remember, everyone reacts different so stay alert and if you're not sure, contact your Dr

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Diabetes In The United States

The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 1997 was estimated to be $98 billion. That includes $44 billion in direct medical and treatment costs and $54 billion for indirect costs attributed to disability and mortality. In 1997, total health expenditures incurred by people with diabetes amounted to $77.7 billion including health care costs not resulting from diabetes. The per capita costs of health care for people with diabetes amounted to $10,071, while health care costs for people without diabetes amounted to $2,669 in 1997. Additional information: Direct Costs of Diabetes Estimated at $44 billion in 1997. Represents 5.8 percent of total personal health-care expenditures in the U.S.; however, diagnosed diabetes patients account for only 3.8 percent of the total U.S. civilian population. Approximately $27.5 billion was spent for inpatient hospital care and $5.5 billion for nursing home care. Diabetes-related hospitalizations totaled 13.9 million days in 1997. Rates of outpatient care were highest for physician office visits, which included 30.3 million visits to treat persons with diabetes. The mean length of stay for hospitalization was 5.4 days. Cardiovascular disease is the Continue reading >>

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  1. sabiqismail

    As for your question about severe urination, has your Endocrinologist been told about the issue? When was the last appointment with him/her? Were you told you were type 2 in the office or over the phone? What does he/she want your numbers to be between (100-200)? Have you been drinking more water than usual? If your blood sugars are higher, then the person may drink more water and need the restroom more frequently.

  2. clivealive

    Hi Activity2004 in response to your reply to sabiqismail's question about frequent urination it has become the bane of my life.
    You asked about the endocrinologist - who is that? I've never seen one .
    I was told I had Type 2 after an HbA1c test scored 51 mmol,/rnol (20 - 42) and was put on Metformin 4 x 500mg reduced after 12 months to 2 x 500mg per day.
    I have no idea what the numbers "between (100-200)?" means as I have no way of testing blood sugar.
    I do not drink a lot nor have I increased the amount of water.
    I'm a 75 year old male who's scared to be too far away from a toilet.
    Do you have any further suggestions or advice please?

  3. sabiqismail

    no sir.im really scared..i was leading a happy life.but since 5 days im having horrible life..im just 32..my kid is just 4..and my wife is pregnant..if something happen to me..my family cant survive..

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