In todays Norwich Bulletin, there was a small paper called healthy living. And in it contained a article on Type Two diabetes. I thought I would share with you some of the interesting highlights of the article:
"Living with diabetes type 2 is not cheap…the cost of drug treatments have almost doubled in the past six years…going from 12.5 million $'s in '07. the number of people being treated for T2D (type 2 diabetes) jumped dramatically and the drugs used to treat T2D have become more expensive."
"we are doing a better job of educating people about diabetes and that is why the number of people who have it has risen from 2000-2007. As more people are treated the overall cost rise."
"new drugs have been made, but because they are new, their costs are higher. they will remain high until a generic form can be made. When first diagnosed, a person may be put on a older drug, being generic, but then may have to go on a newer drug, which costs more.
The three ways to save:
1. Change your life style. Since obesity and inactivity are prime causes of T2D, diet and excersice can go a long way toward reducing drug use. Modification of your life style is a major key.
2. Use insulin. It is cheaper than drugs. but its only draw back is its inconvience.
3. Shop around. Check pharmacy prices and check mail order instead of local stores.
In the U.S. 23.6 million people or 7.8 % of the population had diabetes in '07. Risk of death for a person with diabetes is twice as high as one with out. In '07 1.6 million new cases of diabetes was diagnosed for people over 20.
in '06 diabetes was the #7 causes of death. Diabetes causes new cases of blindness amoung adults aged 20-74 and causes 12,000-24,000 new cases of blindness every year.
Both direct and indirect estimated costs in the US in '07 was $174 billion. People with diabetes spend 2.3 more than those with out.
The article says the source for this information is: Centers for Disease Control and Preventions national Diabetes Fact Sheet '07
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