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The United States of...Diabetes?

A recent report by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization states that 52 percent of Americans will have diabetes by 2020, and the primary culprit will be obesity. It also states that inaction could cost the U.S. $3.35 trillion in health care spending over the next 10 years.

The report, United States of Diabetes, makes a strong call to action for national lawmakers makers to adopt policies that increase prevention and management of the disease, through early detection and lifestyle interventions that reform the way Americans diet and exercise.

“Because diabetes follows a progressive course, often starting with obesity and then moving to prediabetes, there are multiple opportunities to intervene early and prevent this devastating disease before it’s too late,” said Deneen Vojta, M.D., senior vice president of the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization, in a press release.

The report also recommends more robust employer wellness programs, and greater incentives for consumer participation. For more information, download the full UnitedHealth report.

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