Is the cost of living with Type 1 Diabetes too much????

by kdust1 on October 21, 2013 - 6:23pm

The article Direct Diabetes-Related Costs in Young Patients with Early-Onset, Long-Lasting Type 1 Diabetes, discusses the issue of the extreme costs of living with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is the failure of the pancreas to produce the hormone insulin, which lowers glucose levels after consuming sugars used for energy. Those with Type 1 Diabetes are at severe risk of ketoacidosis which can cause decrease in vision, high urination, tooth decay, a slow process of healing any sort of wound or infection, and possible kidney failure. But how much is it to prevent these health risks and to maintain Type 1 Diabetes to be considered a healthy individual? A follow up study was produced in Germany starting in 1993 and continued till 1999, using a cohort from the German Diabetes Center to determine the cost of medical needs while living with Type 1 Diabetes. Around 3,224 registered cases met the criteria for the study. The study followed the cohort and calculated the expenses needed to live with Type 1 Diabetes. Costs for living with Type 1 Diabetes include blood glucose test strips, blood glucose meters, lancets, syringes, insulin, pumps, IV sets, insulin pens, keytone strips, and hospital visits. Table 4 shows the results of all the needs of a diabetic and on average with the total results coming out to be around 3,745 euros per year. This research also shows that the cost of stabilizing Type 1 Diabetes is less than the effects of Diabetes. This concludes that those who have had Diabetes for over ten years may vary in results           (Joachim Rosenbauer, 2013.)  


            The main idea of this article was to describe the needs and costs of medical care when living with Type 1 Diabetes. This article really made me consider all the materials that are essential for Diabetics like myself to live a healthy lifestyle. There are many different treatments when it comes to stabilizing this disease but to look at all the materials as a total may come to a shock in expenses. The results showed that the cost of living with Type 1 Diabetes per year averaged around 3,745 euros which amounts to about $5,122.79 in US dollars. I am greatly appreciative of health insurance because I don’t know how I would be able to keep up with my expenses with a disease like this that has yet to have a cure, meaning it can very well be with me lifelong. My thoughts on this subject is that medical care is essential for survival and there should be more programs and financial aid to help those that are suffering. More money, time, and effort should be put into healthy living rather than unneeded recreational items. No one chooses to live with Type 1 Diabetes but maybe our nation or world in the future, could make life a little easier by lowering costs of needed medical materials for all diseases and illnesses.   





Bächle, C., Icks, A., Straßburger, K., Flechtner-Mors, M., Hungele, A., Beyer, P., & ... Rosenbauer, J. (2013). Direct Diabetes-Related Costs in Young Patients with Early-Onset, Long-Lasting Type 1 Diabetes. Plos ONE, 8(8), 1-10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070567

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