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Share Your Journey
of Living with Diabetes

Make Your Voice Heard

No one knows your story better than you. Every person living with diabetes has a unique point of view and each opinion sheds new light on a universal problem. Share your journey of living with diabetes – the struggles, the challenges, the issues – not just for your own care, but for the future care of others.

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For People Living with Diabetes

Stories matter. Share yours today. Use your voice to tell insurance providers that affordable access to diabetes treatment isn’t a matter of choice, but a medical necessity to your health. 

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For Healthcare Professionals

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For Caregivers

Diabetes can be a complex and challenging disease, for both the person that is diagnosed and caregivers. Empower yourself. Take action on behalf of your loved one and advocate to insurance providers to grant affordable access to the latest medical advances and cutting-edge technology. 

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Sharing their story

Teresa Miller, JDRF Board Member, Caregiver and Mom

Teresa Miller suggests that to effectively advocate, it is important to be familiar with the language used in the insurance policy. By utilizing the policy language, one is more likely to address the gaps required for the insurance company to provide access to the technology. She encourages people with diabetes and caregivers to control their emotions and to never give up. By collectively raising voice and telling our stories, the community can create impactful change. 

The Facts

The Risk of Diabetes

Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.

Health care costs for Americans living with diabetes are 2.3 times higher than those without. 

People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation. 

Today, 4,110 Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes will cause 295 Americans to have an amputation and 137 will enter end-stage kidney disease treatment.

Nearly one in four adults living with diabetes didn’t know they had the condition.

The estimated total economic cost of diagnosed diabetes is $327 billion, a 26% increase from the 2012 estimate of $245 billion.

People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year.

The largest components of medical expenditures are hospital inpatient care (30% of the total medical cost) and prescription medications to treat complications of diabetes (30%).

Indirect costs include increased absenteeism ($3.3 billion), reduced productivity while at work ($26.9 billion) for the employed population, reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($2.3 billion), inability to work as a result of disease-related disability ($37.5 billion), and lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($19.9 billion).

Sources: 
CDC. National diabetes statistics report, 2017
 Economic costs of diabetes in the US in 2017. Diabetes care. 2018 May 1;41(5):917-28.
Stokes A, Preston SH. Deaths attributable to diabetes in the United States: comparison of data sources and estimation approaches. PLoS One. 2017 Jan 25;12(1):e0170219.

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Advocate for the change you want to see, for yourself and for future individuals living with diabetes. A few simple steps can create positive change for affordable access. 

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