Half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic by 2020

November 24, 2010 by Lin Edwards report
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(PhysOrg.com) -- A recent study by US health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. predicts that by 2020 over half of Americans will have either pre-diabetic conditions or type 2 diabetes if current trends continue, and the annual cost will be around $500 billion a year by the end of the decade, or one tenth of all health care spending. The estimate for 2010 is $194 billion.

The cost of healthcare in the US for non-diabetics was $4,400 per person in 2009, and $11,700 for diabetics. For those with complications arising from the disease the cost is around $20,700 per year. If the predicted rise in the incidence of diabetes eventuates, the total cumulative cost to the US may be as high as $3.35 trillion, with over 60 percent paid for by the government. However, the report offers a number of suggestions, which if adopted could save as much as $250 billion over the next decade.

The United Health Group report said around 27 million Americans are estimated to have diabetes and as many as another 67 million may have undiagnosed pre-diabetic conditions. These figures differ from those issued in October by the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimated at least 32 million American adults have diabetes and the number of cases will more than double by 2050.

Complications of diabetes can include circulatory problems (sometimes leading to limb amputations), nerve damage, kidney disease, blindness, and it is a major contributor to heart disease and strokes. Pre-diabetes symptoms include high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, but the symptoms may not be obvious.

The report was titled: “The United States of Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead” and was produced for the National Diabetes Awareness month in November. It emphasizes the predicted rise in incidence of diabetes and related costs is not inevitable if measures are taken urgently to address the problem.

Diabetes is a progressive disease with people developing pre-diabetes many years before diabetes. This means there are many intervention possibilities that can prevent pre-diabetic people from developing the disease.

is strongly associated with being seriously overweight or obese, and in the US the report estimates 68.3 percent of Americans were overweight or obese in 2008, with this figure rising each year. For people with pre-diabetes the odds of developing are considerably reduced if they reduce their weight by five percent or more and increase their levels of physical activity.

Simon Stevens, who is chairman of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization and executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, said what is needed now is “concerted, national, multi-stakeholder action.” He said some of the most promising preventive care models should be scaled up, and health plans should be developed to “engage customers in new ways.” The benefits to the US, both in economic and human terms, will be substantial if the steep rise can be averted.

More information: www.unitedhealthgroup.com/news … 3f-9250-9dfdc97cedc5

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ziprar
3 / 5 (2) Nov 24, 2010
Pre-diabetes symptoms include high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels


I am sure that in 10 years time and millions spent the cure will be found for these symptoms.
JeffJohnson17
5 / 5 (3) Nov 24, 2010
"Half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic by 2020"
Unless they change their diet and stop eating High Fructose Corn Syrup. Which by the way is being re-labeled to Corn Sugar thanks FDA! Sarcasm
Ratfish
5 / 5 (2) Nov 24, 2010
Good luck getting the same government giving out subsidies to grain producers to admit that those self-same grains are part and parcel of the problem.
marjon
not rated yet Nov 24, 2010
Good luck getting the same government giving out subsidies to grain producers to admit that those self-same grains are part and parcel of the problem.

Just one more reason not to trust the govt.
trekgeek1
5 / 5 (2) Nov 25, 2010
Good luck getting the same government giving out subsidies to grain producers to admit that those self-same grains are part and parcel of the problem.

Just one more reason not to trust the govt.


That's why I only trust corporations to watch out for me. I know corporations will do whatever is necessary to protect me, no matter what the cost is to their profits.
marjon
5 / 5 (2) Nov 25, 2010
That's why I only trust corporations to watch out for me.

Why can't you trust yourself?
With any business, you know their motivation, profit. And to obtain that profit, they must EARN your business so it is in their best interest to satisfy their customers.
Gov't has no incentives to satisfy any customer.
mjesfahani
2 / 5 (1) Nov 25, 2010
I hope soon they find the medicine,but the reason might be due to using lot's of junk foods.
RJ32
5 / 5 (3) Nov 25, 2010
It has been determined that 100% of all Americans are pre-dead.
Rarian_Rakista
5 / 5 (1) Nov 26, 2010
45 minutes ago we finished dinner and I just watched my in laws eat on average 3 slices of pie and wash them down with copious amounts of cheap beer. The funny thing is, this is how they normally eat pizza every time I have been over here each one eats half of a pizza and drinks 5-6 beers for a single meal.
mrN
not rated yet Nov 27, 2010
Unless they change their diet and stop eating High Fructose Corn Syrup. Which by the way is being re-labeled to Corn Sugar thanks FDA! Sarcasm


... I have bad news: normal High Fructose Corn Syrup have 55 fructose and 45 glucose and normal sugar have 50 fructose and 50 glucose. Our problem is the fructose and we are eating it like bloody Christmas pigs.
Ratfish
not rated yet Nov 27, 2010
45 minutes ago we finished dinner and I just watched my in laws eat on average 3 slices of pie and wash them down with copious amounts of cheap beer. The funny thing is, this is how they normally eat pizza every time I have been over here each one eats half of a pizza and drinks 5-6 beers for a single meal.

I too am truly fascinated by the eating habits of others, especially when they are flabbergasted by their "unexplained" weight gain that must be the result of Satan attacking their thyroid. The way that people with diabetes are told to eat is the way that everyone should eat in order to avoid diabetes.

... I have bad news: normal High Fructose Corn Syrup have 55 fructose and 45 glucose and normal sugar have 50 fructose and 50 glucose. Our problem is the fructose and we are eating it like bloody Christmas pigs.


You know, it's strange, but I can eat HFCS, honey, agave nectar etc with no ill effects, but sucrose causes a blood sugar spike and crash within minutes.
marjon
not rated yet Nov 27, 2010
You know, it's strange, but I can eat HFCS, honey, agave nectar etc with no ill effects, but sucrose causes a blood sugar spike and crash within minutes.

Wow, all people are not the same?
trekgeek1
not rated yet Nov 28, 2010
That's why I only trust corporations to watch out for me.

Why can't you trust yourself?
With any business, you know their motivation, profit. And to obtain that profit, they must EARN your business so it is in their best interest to satisfy their customers.
Gov't has no incentives to satisfy any customer.


Corporations will make themselves desirable to customers by offering competitive prices, convenience, etc. If they can do something to cut costs and the public won't find out, they will. That's what I worry about. They will put poison in a product if nobody will notice for 20 years.
_nigmatic10
not rated yet Nov 28, 2010
One has to wonder what the costs would be if they factor in the large sum of non-insured, that don't cost the health care anything.
kow
not rated yet Nov 28, 2010
Instead of war on terror they should declare war on fat. Would be a better business.
marjon
not rated yet Nov 28, 2010
Instead of war on terror they should declare war on fat. Would be a better business.

You mean like the War on Poverty declared almost 50 years ago?
That has proven to be a great 'business' for the govt. See how much the govt has grown?
finitesolutions
not rated yet Nov 29, 2010
The more americans kill themselves the better is for the rest of the world. Anyway americans are good for nothing. I can eagerly wait for the last american to die. Now that will be a world worth living in.
junkd
not rated yet Nov 29, 2010
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