A simple step to cut diabetes costs

Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic disease in the U.S., but experts says there is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to reduce the soaring cost of treating it: Get patients to take better care of their feet. Almost 26 million Americans—just over 8 percent of the population—are identified as having diabetes, and roughly two million people are newly diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those patients are at risk for developing diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can cause a loss of feeling in legs and feet and in severe cases lead to lower-extremity amputations.

Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic disease in the U.S., but experts says there is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to reduce the soaring cost of treating it: Get patients to take better care of their feet. Almost 26 million Americans—just over 8 percent of the population—are identified as having diabetes, and roughly two million people are newly diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those patients are at risk for developing diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can cause a loss of feeling in legs and feet and in severe cases lead to lower-extremity amputations.

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A simple step to cut diabetes costs