Diabetes affects approximately 34 million adults—more than 10% of Americans—and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled, and the healthcare costs for diabetes are estimated to exceed $325 billion. Despite this, more than one in five people with diabetes are unaware of their condition.
Learn how AI can help to promote early diagnosis of diabetes, decrease patient risk for serious complications, and reduce the incidence of potentially preventable diabetes. Discover how AI can help to identify patients with undiagnosed diabetes, predict adverse complications (e.g., foot amputation), and determine patients at high risk for developing diabetes.
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Diabetes affects approximately 34 million adults—more than 10% of Americans—and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.¹ Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to biochemical imbalances that cause acute life-threatening events and hospitalization.² Potential complications include significantly increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness. Diabetes is also steadily becoming more common; in the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled.¹ But despite its increasing prevalence, more than one in five people with diabetes are estimated to be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.¹
Diabetes is also responsible for exorbitant expenditures with a total estimated cost of $327 billion.³ On average, people with diagnosed diabetes incur medical expenditures of $16,752 per year, approximately $9,601 of which is attributed to diabetes.³
To improve health outcomes and combat costs, providers can leverage predictive analytics to proactively identify patients at high risk for diabetes and patients likely to experience severe complications. This insight can enable cost-effective, proven interventions. Enrollment in comprehensive prevention programs can reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 50%, and interventions based on diabetes self-management education are extremely cost-effective ($5,047/QALY)* compared to routine care.⁴𝄒⁵
Diabetes interventions based on self-management can empower people to dramatically impact their own health.⁶ Self-monitoring of blood sugar to achieve glycemic control can reduce the risk of eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve disease by 40%.⁴ Other self-management interventions include adherence to healthy dietary practices and engaging in regular exercise. Additionally, strengthening primary care continuity is critical. Health care services that include regular foot exams can prevent up to 85% of diabetes-related amputations, and regular eye exams can prevent up to 90% of diabetes-related blindness.⁷𝄒⁸
* Public health interventions that cost less than $50,000 per QALY are widely considered cost-effective.
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4. CDC “Cost-Effectiveness of Diabetes Interventions.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 Sep. 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/programs-impact/pop/diabetes.htm. Accessed 12 Feb. 2021.
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7. Geiss, Linda, et al. “Resurgence of diabetes-related nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation in the young and middle-aged adult US population.” Diabetes Care, vol. 42, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 50–54. DOI: 10.2337/dc18-1380
8. Mitchison, Ann P., et al. “Resurgence of diabetes-related nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation in the young and middle-aged adult US population.” British Medical Journal: Open Diabetes Research & Care, vol. 5, 31 Jul. 2017, no. 1, doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000333.