According to CDC investigators, the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. has risen by about 5 percent annually since 1990 and today about 24 million Americans have the disease. Researchers based at the University of Chicago say if the current trend continues, the number of diabetes cases will nearly double in the next 25 years, climbing from the current 23.7 million to about 44.1 million in 2034. At the same time, the cost of treating people with diabetes is expected to triple, rising from an estimated $113 billion $336 billion. “If we don’t change our diet and exercise habits or find new, more effective and less expensive ways to prevent and treat diabetes, we will find ourselves in a lot of trouble as a population,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Elbert Huang.
Because Type 2 diabetes is considered an obesity-related condition, it makes sense that losing weight can improve, and in some cases eliminate the diabetes altogether. Whether it is diet and/or exercise or weight loss surgery that does the trick, there are ways to lower the incidence of diabetes. And studies show that both lifestyle changes and surgery are effective means of treatment of the condition, and can lower health care costs in the process.
A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that nearly 75% of patients who underwent bariatric order
The study not only found that that the diabetes could be conquered, but that health care costs could be dramatically reduced with weight loss surgery, particularly over the long haul. The average cost of treating each patient before surgery was $6,376 up to two years before surgery, which increased to $10,592 in the year leading up to surgery. In the year following weight loss surgery, the average cost per patient was $6,992, fell to $4,197 in the second year, and fell even further to $1,878 three years after surgery.
A previous 2008 study, funded by Johnsons & Johnson and appearing in the American Journal of Managed Care, showed that the average monthly medical costs for the people who had laparoscopic bariatric surgery were approximately $900 lower than those people who did not, roughly a year after the procedure. Those participants in the study who had the surgery showed a decrease in medical conditions common to obese patients, such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea.
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