Author Affiliations: Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington (Dr Arterburn); and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Dr O’Connor).
More than 25 million US adults have type 2 diabetes, and this number will likely double by 2050 given expected changes in demographics and continued progression of the obesity epidemic.1,2 Identifying cost-effective strategies to manage diabetes is essential because diabetes is responsible for more than $116 billion in direct medical care costs, or 5% of all US health care spending.1
Arterburn DE, O’Connor PJ. A Look Ahead at the Future of Diabetes Prevention and Treatment. JAMA. 2012;308(23):2517-2518. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.144749