Law, Public Health, and the Diabetes Epidemic

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine: SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

Diabetes was the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010; 8.3% of the population (25.8 million people) was estimated to have diabetes, of which approximately one quarter had not received a clinical diagnosis. Approximately 35% (79 million) of U.S. residents aged ≥20 years had prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.1 If trends continue, 30% of all U.S. residents might experience diabetes by 2050.2 The proportion of national healthcare spending accounted or by diabetes could grow from 7% in 2010 to 10% in 2020,3 leaving completely aside the immense accompanying human suffering and cost to national economic productivity. Read more