Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index

The Cost of Diabetes in the U.S.: Economic and Well-Being Impact

Written by Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index | Nov 14, 2017

IN HONOR OF WORLD DIABETES DAY AND NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index™, the national prevalence of diabetes increased from 10.6% in 2008 to 11.5% for the first nine months of 2017. This increase has had a direct impact on health care costs and health outcomes.

  • If the diabetes rate had remained at its 2008 level, approximately 2.3 million fewer U.S. adults would have the disease today, and healthcare costs due to diabetes would be an estimated $19.2 billion less than current levels.
  • Costs to employers are significant with more than $20 billion annually in lost productivity, stemming from 57 million additional unplanned missed workdays by workers with diabetes.

Further, the residents of the U.S. communities with the highest prevalence of diabetes have higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and depression and are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors than residents in the lowest prevalence communities.

This Gallup and Sharecare research also examines diabetes and its relationship to key well-being and productivity outcomes. It also addresses how health systems are leveraging best practices to expand diabetes management both within the hospital setting and out to the communities they serve.

To learn more, click here The Cost of Diabetes in the U.S.: Economic and Well-Being Impact.