Yet another reason to get WLS..

On November 27, 2009, in Uncategorized, by Andrea


(CNN) — The number of Americans with diabetes will nearly double in the next 25 years, and the costs of treating them will triple, according to a new report.

The figures, in a University of Chicago report released Friday, add fuel to the congressional debate regarding reining in the cost of health care.

By 2034, 44.1 million Americans will be living with diabetes — nearly twice the current number of 23.7 million, according to the report, published in the December issue of the journal Diabetes Care. About 90 percent of those with diabetes have type 2, a version of the condition that develops over time.

Accounting for inflation, the direct medical cost of treating them will rise from $113 billion annually to $336 billion, the report says.

Keep in mind that the number one cause — the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes is obesity.  Even modest changes in diet and exercise can stave off diabetes.

Also keep in mind that the DS has a 98% CURE rate — not remission, but CURE rate — of diabetes.  RNY can pretty much throw it into remission immediately for most folks, and the band and sleeve can throw it into remission after enough weight loss.  All forms of WLS are helpful for diabetes.

Chalk it up for the home team, folks.

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