2019 Diabetes Facts & Statistics
Diabetes costs the U.S. economy over $327 billion per year, making it the country’s most expensive disease. But the damage obviously extends well beyond dollars and cents. Diabetes is the 7th most deadly disease in the U.S., claiming over 80,000 lives per year and becoming a daily concern for millions more people.
Yet the roughly 9 in 10 Americans who don’t have diabetes probably don’t understand the full extent of the struggle. The same can be said of the nearly 1 in 4 people with diabetes who don’t know they have it.
To help spread awareness, WalletHub assembled an infographic filled with diabetes facts and statistics. These facts explore the physical and financial impacts of the disease as well as what folks are doing to fight back. We also surveyed a panel of diabetes experts about issues ranging from personal finance to public policy. You can find everything below.
4 Facts About Diabetes in 2019
- $327 Billion: Estimated cost of diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 ($237 billion in direct medical costs, $90 billion in nonmedical costs).
- $9,601: Average annual diabetes-related health care costs for patients.
- 2.3: Number of times by which a diabetes patient’s health care costs increase.
- 14 & 18 Years: Reduction in the average male and female type 1 diabetes patient’s life expectancy, respectively.
For insights into how we can reduce the many costs of diabetes, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of experts. You can check out their bios and responses below.
- What are the warning signs that someone may have Type 1 Diabetes? What about Type 2?
- What steps can someone take today to help reduce diabetes risk?
- What should public officials do to raise awareness about diabetes and the need for screening?
- What are some common myths or misunderstandings people have about diabetes?
- What tips do you have for a person with Type 2 diabetes looking to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while on a budget?
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