Diabetes and Preventive Care

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I just read a Reuters story this morning about how much the treatment of diabetes is costing our country. It's staggering! In 2005, the U.S. government spent $79.7 billion more to treat people with diabetes vs. what it spent to treat those without it, according to a study by the Mathematica Policy Research for the National Changing Diabetes Program (NCDP). That is about 12 percent of the $645 billion that the government spends on federal health care. According to the director of the NCDP, the country spends as much on diabetes as it does on the Department of Education, but no one is heading up an effort to control diabetes. He called for the government to appoint someone to lead the effort to fight this disease. Another group, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, echoed that sentiment, stating that 62 million Americans will die in the next 30 years due to diabetes.

What do you think the fitness industry can do to help in this cause?

Jennipher Shaver, our associate editor, is finishing a story on preventive care for our July issue. It will focus on how prevention is the latest buzzword with politicians and insurance companies. She'll also focus on how the fitness industry can be a part of the preventive effort. If you have any comments related to this, feel free to comment on this blog or e-mail Jennipher directly at jennipher.shaver@penton.com.- Pam

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