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Book and Media Reviews
March 23 2011

Diabetes Public Health: From Data to Policy

JAMA. 2011;305(12):1244-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.356

Diabetes is presented as a prototypical public health problem in this authoritative, extensively referenced, and convincing book. The statistics are compelling. In the United States, it is estimated that 25.8 million individuals have diabetes, and 79 million adults have prediabetes. Worldwide, it is estimated that 284 million individuals have diabetes, 80% of them in developing countries. The prevalence of diabetes in the United States was 1% in 1950, increased to 6% in 2005, and may reach 12% by 2050. Health care costs for a patient with diabetes are 2 to 5 times those for a patient without diabetes. Estimated direct health expenditures for the care of persons with diabetes worldwide were calculated at $422 billion in 2007.