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Person testing blood sugar In 2017, health costs associated with Type-2 diabetes was estimated to be $237 billion—with another $90 billion lost annually to reduced productivity.

Health care costs for treatment of diabetes symptoms begin to rise as much as five years before an actual diabetes diagnosis, a new report has found.

The study’s authors said that the data, taken from commercial plan claims, suggest that timely prevention efforts could result in a considerable amount of health care cost savings for patients. Those savings, and the impact on productivity, have clear implications for employer-sponsored health plans as well.

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