While physicians know patients with poor control of type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of a variety of complications, quantifying that danger has been lacking—until now.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) issued a new report on the prevalence and costs of health problems related to this form of diabetes, a disease affecting about 18 million people in the United States (http://www.aace.com/newsroom/press/2007/images/DiabetesComplicationsReport_FINAL.pdf). The report, State of Diabetes Complications in America, notes that 57.9% of patients with diabetes have 1 or more health complications (14.3% have 3 or more). It also estimates that in 2006, such complications lead to $22.9 billion in direct medical costs for physician and health care professional visits, hospital stays, prescribed medicines, and other medical services and equipment.
Mitka M. Report Quantifies Diabetes Complications. JAMA. 2007;297(21):2337-2338. doi:10.1001/jama.297.21.2337