Soaring Cost of Diabetes Care

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in In the News

The cost of treating type 2 diabetes nearly doubled from 2001 to 2007. Researchers report that commonly prescribed newer drugs— including Avandia, which has been linked to an increased heart-attack risk and now includes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “black box” warning on its label—are more costly than older medications, and today patients are commonly prescribed more than one treatment. An increase in people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is also driving up the cost.

“Diet and exercise is the best thing we can do for our diabetic patients, but they are not very comfortable accepting diet and exercise as the treatment for diabetes,” says Stuart Weiss, MD, endocrinologist at new York University Medical Center. He adds, “there is no medication that can’t be overwhelmed by a bad diet.”

According to the World Health organization (WHO), “Many costly and disabling conditions—cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory diseases—are linked by common preventable risk factors . . . every healthcare interaction should include prevention support.”

In addition to preventive measures like a healthy diet and exercise, talk to your healthcare practitioner about natural solutions if you have diabetes. A variety of individual nutrients and combination formulas offer effective support for diabetes, and cost far less than pharmaceutical treatments.

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