Diabetes costs an American women with diabetes $283,000 over her lifetime. Moreover, the condition is linked to a big erosion of earning power: about $21,000 annually. Comparatively, diabetic men in China earn 22 percent less than those without the diagnosis and their health care costs are tripled.
The costs of treating diabetes are closely linked to a country's GDP, partly because richer nations spend more on health care, according to a new analysis in PharmacoEconomics.
"Our findings underline the fact that diabetes not only has strong adverse effects on people's health but also presents a large — and at least partly avoidable — economic burden," says study author Till Seuring of Norwich Medical School in the UK.
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