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Diabetes Tops List of U.S. Health Care Spending


  09:35:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 260 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes Tops List of U.S. Health Care Spending


The U.S. spends more on diabetes than any other medical condition, according to a new analysis that underscores the impact that a wellness-driven workplace can have on reducing health care costs.

HealthDay reports that in 2013, Americans spent $101 billion on diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Between 1996 and 2013, diabetes spending grew 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death.

"After adjusting for inflation, we see that every year the U.S. is spending 6% more than we spent the year before on diabetes," said lead researcher Joseph Dieleman of the University of Washington. He added that "spending on diabetes grew twice as fast as all conditions combined" during that 18-year period.

Most diabetics are diagnosed with the type 2 variety, in which the pancreas produces insufficient amounts of insulin to control excess blood glucose. Fortunately, lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the effects of type 2 diabetes ‒ and here, MedBen WellLiving can provide timely assistance.

Through our WellLiving specialty care program, plan members diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will be contacted by an RN Health Consultant to offer customized counseling and confidential disease monitoring. Individuals who aren't at immediate risk will benefit too, as our focus on preventive care encourages regular wellness exams with a family doctor, improving the chances that diabetes symptoms will be detected and addressed in their earliest stages.

Of course, MedBen WellLiving brings population health awareness to other costly conditions as well. Contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at to learn more.

View the list of the 20 most costly health conditions at the Becker's Hospital Review.

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