Economic Burden of Diabetes Demonstrates Need for Early Intervention
New report shows cost to Louisiana tops $5 billion yearly
Baton Rouge, LA - As the rate of diabetes in America continues to increase, alarming new numbers show that the cost to the U.S. and Louisiana in particular, is staggering. The direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Louisiana have risen to $5.4 billion per year according to a study published today in the December issue of Diabetes Care. Nationally, the price tag for the disease has grown to $322 billion per year in excess medical costs and lost productivity. Diabetes now accounts for 1 out of every 10 health care dollars spent, pointing to a bolstered need for intervention during the prediabetes state.