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Diabetes cost US $245 billion in 2012, says report
Southern California Public Radio

If ever there was a doubt that managing diabetes is expensive, let new data put those doubts to rest: In 2012, the disease cost the U.S. about $245 billion. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released that number on Thursday in a study appearing in its journal Diabetes Care, noting that it marked a 41-percent increase from 2007, when diabetes tallied up $174 billion in medical expenses. That increase in cost corresponds with an increase in diagnoses: In 2007, an estimated 17.5 million Americans had the disease.