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One of every five health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diabetes.
Diabetics have medical expenditures that are 2.3 times higher than other victims of chronic disease.
They have more frequent and longer hospital stays, more doctor and emergency visits, more nursing facility stays, more home health visits, and more prescription drug and medical supply use.
it’s a disease that’s costing Americans $83 billion a year in hospital fees – 23 percent of total hospital spending..

With 95 percent of cases being Type 2 diabetes, that’s some $206 billion spent on a disease that can largely be controlled and prevented by diet and exercise. “One of the key messages here is that [these costs] could be prevented,

* If the current trend continues, one in three children faces a life with diabetes.*

Possible "Solutions" like Livongo have a low bar, what we are doing now clearly does not work,it is a classical broken process. In the US we are overwhelmed by diseases due to bad life style choices. Probably only a minority of those people are amenable to any kind of self directed aid, but even a small percentage pays off big in reducing costs to insurance companies. It's probably some sort of bell shaped curve, even one end is a significant number of people.

A bit longer term it remains to be seen whether the help Livongo gives is enough to tip many diabetics permanently over to better drug compliance and better diet control. Ideally it would get some of the Class 2 diabetics into losing weight and exercising, which would be a "cure"for many
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