Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Complications Double Cost of Diabetes Care

The cost of caring for patients with type 2 diabetes who have microvascular or macrovascular complications is twice that for a patient without complications, genetical researchers involved in the Cost of Diabetes in Europe Type 2 (CODE 2) study reported.

Efforts to improve blood glucose control and thereby prevent complications are urgently needed to reduce the cost of care, they said. The researchers collected demographic, clinical, and economic data on more than 7,000 patients and analyzed the results of surveys completed by more than 500 physicians, which provided information on direct use of health care, time spent in hospital, physician visits, and prescription drug use.

They found that the major factors driving health care costs were use of insulin (an indicator of disease progression) and the presence of microvascular and macrovascular complications, both of which increased the cost of health care.

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