BY LAURA ENTIS: An estimated 30.3 million Americans have diabetes. The emotional and physical toil for those suffering from the disease is large, as are the associated medical bills: In 2012, the cost for caring for Americans with diabetes was $245 billion.
A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield ranks the disease behind only mood disorders and hypertension as having the largest negative impact on commercially insured Americans’ health.
It also found that diabetes’ impact, which measures prevalence and severity of the condition as well as the risk of premature death, is growing at the fastest clip for millennials, defined as those between 18 to 34 years of age. (read more)
BY EKF DIAGNOSTICS: Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects blood glucose control, and has become a growing problem across the world. From 1980 to 2014, the prevalence of diabetes grew from 4.7% to 8.5% worldwide, with the number of individuals affected by this disease increasing from 108 million to 422 million, respectively. (read more)
BY CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY: Molecules that help cells communicate with each other — called cytokines — might be the key to repairing diabetic nerve damage. Diabetes devastates nerve cells, which can lead to poor circulation, muscle weakness, blindness, and other painful side effects. The new study showed diabetic mice can’t repair nerve cells after damage due to low levels of specific cytokines. (read more)