Cost Statistics

  • Total (direct and indirect) costs for people with diagnosed diabetes is $245 billion. Of these costs, $69 billion is from disability, work loss, and premature death.

  • Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as costs for people without diabetes.

  • Lifetime medical costs for someone with type 2 diabetes is approximately $85,200 (age-gender weighted average). Approximately 53% of these costs are due to treating complications from diabetes.

Statistics included are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014 [PDF] and “Lifetime direct medical costs of treating type 2 diabetes and diabetic complications,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.