Cost of having diabetes has doubled in two decades

February 2, 2015 7:23 PM

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Cost of having diabetes has doubled in two decades

The average diabetes patient now spends $2,790 more per year than they did in 1987 - and more than half the additional spending is for medications.

“People need to be mindful about the substantial increase in the cost of diabetes, which has been partially fueled by the rising prices of newer drugs,” said Xiaohui Zhou, a health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the study.

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