Groups warn against spiraling diabetes costs

As more and more individuals become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, the situation could begin to put a strain on the finances of local and federal governments.

This is the warning from the advocacy group Canadian Diabetes Association, according to the Vancouver Sun. The group has been trying to spread the word that diabetes not only affects the health of millions of people, it is also bankrupting countries.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most expensive conditions to care for. Patients require frequent blood sugar testing, insulin injections and doctor visits. With the number of diabetics on state-funded insurance plans, the cost to taxpayers can be tremendous.



"The situation in Canada is significant and very serious on the basis of the current prevalence and cost, and also the alarming increase that's going to occur in the next 10 years if we don't take action immediately," says Michael Cloutier, president of the association, told the news source.



The situation in the U.S. is similarly discouraging. The American Diabetes Association estimates that type 2 diabetes cost U.S. citizens $174 billion in 2007 in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.
 
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