HealthDay News — The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48% in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion in annual costs, according to research published in Diabetes Care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly 21 million patients have been diagnosed with diabetes, 8.1 million patients have undiagnosed diabetes, and about 222,000 pregnant women have gestational diabetes. The CDC estimates there are 86 million people in the United States with prediabetes.

To update the estimates of the economic burden of undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes mellitus in 2012, Timothy M. Doll, of the IHS Life Sciences of Englewood, Co., and colleagues analyzed national health data.

In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled more than $1,000 for every American. That total includes $244 billion in medical costs — including doctor’s office and hospital visits, prescription drugs, and other health conditions such as hypertension and kidney complications — and $78 billion in lost work productivity. That same year, the cost of prediabetes was $44 billion, while the cost of undiagnosed diabetes was $33 billion.

“These statistics underscore the importance of finding ways to reduce the burden of prediabetes and diabetes through prevention and treatment,” concluded the researchers.


  1. Doll TM et al. Diabetes Care. 2014; doi: 10.2337/dc14-1036