Diabetes Can Break the Bank. It Doesn't Have To

Healthcare is expensive

Healthcare is Expensive

When Trump and Clinton went head to head in their first U.S. presidential debate, I tweeted: “Debate about healthcare.” Greg replied, “I hope extreme pricing of insulin gets addressed soon.” I was in NYC and out to dinner with co-workers. We huddled around someone's smartphone watching the debate moderator ask about the economy, racial division, and women’s rights, but not a single question about healthcare. And, neither candidate mentioned it! How can that be when Americans are spending more out-of-pocket on healthcare than ever before? We're spending more money because: ➔ Health insurance deductibles are sky high ➔ Health insurance (if you have it, or if you've met your deductible) doesn't cover enough ➔ Care costs more ➔ Treatment costs more

A Global Crisis

Healthcare costs are up around the world. What's driving this? Avoidable conditions, like: ● Cardiovascular disease ● Hight blood pressure ● Obesity ● High cholesterol Diabetes puts people at risk of each of these.

Diabetes Breaks the Bank

The cost of having diabetes has more than doubled since 1987. Today, diabetes means spending 2-5 times more on your health. Why? We're paying way more for prescriptions and for avoidable healthcare. But 25% of what we spend can be avoided. We don't have to: ❌ go to the emergency room ($1,233 per visit) ❌ be hospitalized ($4,000 per day) ❌ develop a diabetes-related complication (more prescriptions and office visits!) Today, the lifetime cost of one diabetes-related complication is $31,290-56,070. What!?!? 🙉 So, how do we lower the price tag of having diabetes?

Get & Stay Healthy!

Take as much of your health in your own hands by: ✳️ eating well ✳️ being more active ✳️ getting good sleep ✳️ being less stressed ✳️ staying on top medications ✳️ understanding how these things affect your blood glucose Unlike healthcare, self-care pays dividends. It can cost less than a co-pay to become and stay healthy. And the payoff is huge! Fewer healthcare visits, staying out of the ER and hospital, keeping costly complications away, and a healthier and happier you!

A Small Price for a Healthy Life

Diabetes is costly. But, YOU are priceless! Self-care is a more affordable way to not only manage diabetes, but thrive with diabetes. It's worth every penny!
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Chandra Y. Osborn, PhD, MPH
Oct 11, 2016

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