Diabetes : Medical Nutrition Therapy And Prevention

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Type 2 Diabetes: Medical Nutrition Therapy & Prevention The American Diabetes Association (ADA) conducted a 2012 study measuring the “Economic Cost of Diabetes in the U.S.,” the results showed a $245 billion financial ¬-encumbrance from the use of health resources and lost productivity over a 5 year period (American Diabetes, 2013). The cost amounts “accounts for more than 1 in 5 health care dollars in the U.S.,” and about 62% of cost being covered by government insurance (American Diabetes, 2013). The highest financial burden of health resources included: inpatient hospital care (43%), medications prescriptions to treat complications (18%) and anti-diabetic agents and supplies (12%), the overall shift of financial burden increased 41% from the last study conducted in 2007 (American Diabetes, 2013). As a result the economic impact due to unforeseen cost included: disease-related disabilities ($21.6 billion), low level of productivity at work ($20.8 billion), and employee absences ($5 billion), the estimate cost removed from the work place due to early mortality ($18.5 million) (American Diabetes, 2013). The impact of diabetes financially seems as though it will continue to grow with the increase prevalence of diabetes, currently about 9.3% of the population, a total of 29.1 million people have diabetes and 8.1 million people 27.8% are undiagnosed, which is 1 out of 4 people are unaware according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes…
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