Cost of Diabetes in US

Posted: Updated: Mar 24, 2016 08:13 PM

WESLACO — According to the American Diabetes Association, the estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes is more than $200 billion a year.

The Rio Grande Valley is called “ground zero” for diabetes in the United States. The South Texas Diabetes Initiative said almost 70,000 people have adult diabetes; that's 20 percent above the national average. Of those 70,000 people, 25 percent are uninsured. This amount of people could fill the State Farm Arena three times and still have a line waiting to get in.  

The rate of uninsured people is more than double the national average. Of the people in the Rio Grande Valley with diabetes, one out of every four is uncontrolled.

People in the Valley are also more likely than people in any other part of the nation to visit an emergency room this year.

The cost of diabetes is significant. The average cost per year to treat diabetes is more than $10,000 for one person.

A fourth of these patients don’t have health insurance. This leaves taxpayers to pay the rest of the bill. And this doesn’t include the people who have not been diagnosed yet.

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