November 14 is World Diabetes Day. NEHI's work on combating the globally devastating disease has focused on improving medication use.
Diabetes poses a major challenge for nation and for the world. In the U.S. alone the disease costs $322 billion per year and affects nearly 30 million Americans. Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day, designated by the International Diabetes Foundation and World Health Organization to call attention to issues combating diabetes and to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.
NEHI's work on diabetes has focused on creating policies that improve medication use. More than 4 in 5 Type 2 Diabetes patients are actively treated with medication, but for various reasons, including poor adherence, much of this medication isn’t used well or correctly and doesn’t benefit patients’ health. It was recently estimated that the U.S. could save approximately $4 billion in Medicare spending per year by addressing sub-optimal use of medicines for patients with diabetes.
The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day is "Eyes on Diabetes," and organizers are promoting screening, which is critical to the management of the disease. One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to ensure early diagnosis and treatment, avoiding serious complications, costs, and progression of the disease.