Diabetes Can Break the Bank. It Doesn’t Have To

Healthcare is expensive

Healthcare is Expensive

When Trump and Clinton went head to head in their first U.S. presidential debate, I tweeted: “Debate about healthcare.” Greg replied, “I hope extreme pricing of insulin gets addressed soon.”

I was in NYC and out to dinner with co-workers. We huddled around someone’s smartphone watching the debate moderator ask about the economy, racial division, and women’s rights, but not a single question about healthcare. And, neither candidate mentioned it! How can that be when Americans are spending more out-of-pocket on healthcare than ever before?

We’re spending more money because:

➔ Health insurance deductibles are sky high

➔ Health insurance (if you have it, or if you’ve met your deductible) doesn’t cover enough

➔ Care costs more

Treatment costs more

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A Global Crisis

Healthcare costs are up around the world. What’s driving this?

Avoidable conditions, like:

● Cardiovascular disease

● Hight blood pressure

● Obesity

● High cholesterol

Diabetes puts people at risk of each of these.

Diabetes Breaks the Bank

The cost of having diabetes has more than doubled since 1987. Today, diabetes means spending 2-5 times more on your health. Why?

We’re paying way more for prescriptions and for avoidable healthcare. But 25% of what we spend can be avoided. We don’t have to:

❌ go to the emergency room ($1,233 per visit)

❌ be hospitalized ($4,000 per day)

❌ develop a diabetes-related complication (more prescriptions and office visits!)

Today, the lifetime cost of one diabetes-related complication is $31,290-56,070. What!?!? 🙉

So, how do we lower the price tag of having diabetes?

Get & Stay Healthy!

Take as much of your health in your own hands by:

✳️ eating well

✳️ being more active

✳️ getting good sleep

✳️ being less stressed

✳️ staying on top medications

✳️ understanding how these things affect your blood glucose

Unlike healthcare, self-care pays dividends. It can cost less than a co-pay to become and stay healthy. And the payoff is huge! Fewer healthcare visits, staying out of the ER and hospital, keeping costly complications away, and a healthier and happier you!

A Small Price for a Healthy Life

Diabetes is costly. But, YOU are priceless!

Self-care is a more affordable way to not only manage diabetes, but thrive with diabetes. It’s worth every penny!

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Chandra Y. Osborn PhD MPH
Chandra Y. Osborn PhD MPH

Dr. Osborn reversed PCOS and pre-diabetes in her 20s. She's also half Samoan. As a member of a medically-underserved, high-risk population with diabetes, Dr. Osborn is passionate about improving the health of low-income racial/ethnic minorities with diabetes. She's published nearly 50 scientific papers, commentaries, and editorials on factors contributing to health disparities. She's also designed and tested solutions to reduce disparities. Dr. Osborn's disparities work has been funded by the McKesson Foundation, NIH, and institutional grants at multiple universities. Now, she brings these skills to One Drop.