Having diabetes is associated with substantially higher medical and lifestyle expenditures for the person.
While Diabetes can be managed proficiently in most cases and only seldom leads directly to death, but the condition’s impacts are often serious, including complications, disabilities and lost quality of life.
Patients can manage their diabetes with medication and diet, but the disease is often life-long and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
On the other hand, it also places similar high economic pressures on the country’s healthcare system and the economy. Do active and concerted steps taken by governments and the social structure around the individual help make matters better ? In this article, we see a few laudable examples where national governments and the society have undertaken a transformative approach towards non-communicable diseases such as Diabetes, and towards lifestyle, health and fitness as a valid approach to prevention and management of these conditions.
The direct cost of Diabetes
Globally, the number of people suffering with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus which was 108 million in 1980, has surged to 422 million in 2014, and is further anticipated to reach 642 million by 2040. Even without complications, the routine management of diabetes can be more than three times higher than the per capita expenditure for health care. As per a 2016 article published in the popular newspaper – The National, the cost per person in the UAE with Diabetes was US$2,155.90.