Valley Has Double the Rate of Diabetes in the U.S.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 6:51pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

Here in the Valley diabetes is a major health concern and in fact, we experience twice the national rate of diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has put a dollar amount on what that costs the economy. Across the United States, it is more than a fifth of a trillion dollars. That's the drag on the economy that diabetes has according to a new study. The $218 billion figure includes lost productivity, disability and early retirement as well as medical care costs, amputations and hospitalizations.

Diabetes keeps the body from burning sugar properly and high sugar levels can lead to lost limbs, eyes, and kidneys. Nearly 18 million Americans are diabetes

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