Aug 23, 2017

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: The healthcare cost of diabetes, Pamela Phares specializes in diabetes care. What is the real cost of diabetes?

Pamela: The real cost of diabetes is that 1 in 10 healthcare dollars are spent on treating diabetes and its complications, 1 in 5 healthcare dollars are spent caring for individuals with diabetes.

Interviewer: And also the quality of life is affected as well.

Pamela: Correct. Quality of life can be severely impaired in people with diabetes because of complications such as heart attacks, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, liver disease and nerve disease.

Interviewer: So it costs healthcare systems dollars, it cost patients quality of life. But the good news is there is a way to control the cost of diabetes, both for patients and healthcare systems.

Pamela: Yeah. So this is done by following up regularly with their healthcare provider in order to get control of their diabetes and be screened for complications.

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