Diabetes Costs

Cost of Diabetes in the United States

Total (Direct and Indirect): As of 2007, cost exceeds $174 billion
Direct Medical Costs: $116 billion
Indirect Costs:$58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality)

  • The average medical expenditures among people with diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
  • Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs could exceed $218 billion in the U.S.
  • The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $10 in total healthcare costs.



1 - American Diabetes Association. American Diabetes Month 2010, www.diabetes.org/assets/american-diabetes-month-2010/American-Diabetes-Month-2010.pdf  (PDF accessed 11/24/10).

2 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet, www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf (PDF accessed 11/24/10).

Reviewed by Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFNC. 2/13

Last Modified Date: February 21, 2013

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