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The Non-Medical Costs of Diabetes

17 Jul

I recently read a study in NPR called “Diabetes Economic Toll Goes Far Beyond Medical Bills.” As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at Age 22, so this article certainly hit home.  It goes on to detail the many ways that the increasing number of people with Diabetes has a huge financial impact on this country– not only with medical expenses but also even goes on to say “young people diagnosed with the disease are [5-7%] more likely to drop out of high school and [8-13%] to forgo or fail to finish college.”

The stats they provide are definitely alarming. Though, for me, what’s jarring isn’t the focus of the article– which says that the increased number of dropouts is estimated to cost society $7 Billion to $11 Billion Dollars.

A kit used by a woman with gestational diabetes.

But instead, why are these young people dropping out at such higher rates?

I have a few theories, but would love to hear what you think.

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