29.1 Million . . . and Counting

Alarming new estimates: The number of people in the U.S. with diabetes jumped from an estimated 26 million in 2010 to more than 29 million—9.3% of the population—in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another 86 million adults—more than one in three—have prediabetes, according to the CDC, and thus are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes hasn’t been diagnosed in 27.8% of those who actually have the disease, which means that these people are not getting the care they need to help prevent the complications associated with diabetes.

Estimated diabetes costs in the U.S. in 2012 were as follows:

• Direct medical costs: $176 billion
• Indirect costs: $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature death)
• Total costs: $245 billion

Average medical costs among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than among those without diabetes.

The 2012 data are the most recent available because of the time required to gather and analyze data from many millions of people.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf.