Pacific NW Diabetes Week - Diabetes Information
Each year another 7 million people will develop diabetes.
- Diabetes is an increasing problem in Oregon, with a prevalence 35% higher than 10 years ago.
- During 2006, diabetes hospitalization costs in Oregon were over $1.1 billion, and total estimated medical costs for diabetes were over $2 billion
- An estimated 50 million people (15% of population) will suffer from diabetes, more than double the current number
- Diabetes will likely become the #1 killer in America
- More people will die from a diabetes-associated death (694,00) than today's top six current killers combined
- 3 times more people every year will lose their sight, lose a limb or lose function of their kidneys because of diabetes
- Diabetes will cost America $351 billion (calculated in 2002 dollars) in direct medical and indirect societal costs, more than double the amount currently spent
References: data is drawn from the Diabetes Atlas, third edition, International Diabetes Federation 2006 & March 2008 Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Preventions, Oregon Diabetes Program