Exercise and diet are the mainstays of any diabetes management plan. However, medications take up the slack needed to overcome the remaining physiological defects.
For this month’s meeting, I began our discussion with a look at the costs of managing diabetes. First, the average yearly cost of health care was compared between people with and without diabetes.
Then, the group went over data showing that a decrease in a person’s A1c by 1% saves up to $900 on yearly health care costs. And finally, the costs of an A1C greater than 7% were 32% higher compared to A1C that was at or below 7%.
Overall, the money spent on medications equals 10% of all medical costs. Together, exercise, diet, and medications can impact the A1c. They can also reduce costs in other areas of health care – hospitalizations, treating diabetes complications, medical visits, etc.
Next, the defects of eight different organs and how each one contributes to higher blood sugar levels were reviewed. The group discussed different classes of medications and how they work to reverse or improve the defect of each organ they target.
This left more questions that needed to be answered. Therefore, the topic will be carried over into the May meeting.
Dedham Health & Athletic Complex offers a monthly Diabetes Forum & Support Group meeting. It is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11: 00 am in the Dedham Health Theater.
This is FREE and open to everyone in the community. Join us to learn and discuss topics related to prediabetes, diabetes and healthier lifestyle choices.
The group is led by Cathy Mullooly, MS, CEP, CDE. Contact her at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.
-Cathy M., MS, CEP, CDE