Newly Diagnosed People With Diabetes See a $4,200 Increase in Their Annual Medical Expenses

Exercise saves you money in the er

Dec 2, 2008

People who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes will spend substantially more in the first year on medical costs than their non-diabetic counterparts-an average of $4,174 for a 50-year-old-according to RTI International, a non-profit research institute in North Carolina.

Each year thereafter, that figure will increase by an average of $158. Researchers said that both figures do not include costs associated with normal aging, but do reflect costs associated with treating heart and kidney disease, which are common risk factors in diabetes. 

The RTI study said that because diabetes is a progressive disease, it becomes more expensive to treat as patients must contend with more complications. 

To slow down the rise in medical costs, the institute's researchers say that the classic advice of managing diabetes through diet and exercise still applies. By keeping blood sugar levels low, patients' bodies suffer less from inflammation that can later lead to life-threatening kidney or cardiovascular damage.

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Posted by Anonymous on 3 December 2008

Yes, exercise, per my own experience with it for more than 17 years, will be very effective in keeping type 2 diabetes harmless for as long as it is used daily diligently, consistently, and patiently. I have never used any other t2d medication except exercise, and my diagnosis fasting sugar in July 1991 was 468 mg/dl. I have always wondered if I would have done better on any other diabetes medication.

Posted by Anonymous on 27 April 2009

468? Perhaps that's a typo. You'd be in a coma. It should be 100.

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