Translating Research Into Practice
Diabetes-a disease that causes problems with insulin production or utilization-affects about 16 million Americans and accounts for an estimated $98 billion in annual health care costs. Without enough insulin, sugar levels in the blood become too high, which can lead to permanent damage to the blood vessels and associated complications, such as heart disease and stroke. As a result, diabetics spend over 3 million days in the hospital and make over 15 million visits to health care providers each year.
Internet Citation: AHRQ Research on Diabetes Care. Content last reviewed April 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/diabetes/tripdiab/index.html