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Diabetes, heart disease most costly conditions, study says

People in Anaheim may be living longer than ever, but they are also suffering diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, as they age. Moreover, many, due to accidents or other circumstances, suffer from back pain. These three conditions may turn out to be the most costly.

According to one study, the three health conditions that Americans spend the most money on are diabetes, heart diseases, and back pain. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reported that diabetes is the most costly disease in our nation. Approximately $101 billion was spent on diagnosing and treating diabetes alone.

While heart disease was the leading cause of adult fatalities for almost two decades in the United States, diabetes spending outstripped that of heart disease. This is mainly attributable to the ease at which high-caloric food is available and a growing sedentary lifestyle possessed by many Americans. However, in 2013 diabetes, heart disease and back pain combined made up $437 billion, 18 percent, of medical expenses in our nation. Musculoskeletal disorders, dental care and prenatal and postpartum care also appeared on the top 20 health care spending list.

In the end, any amount of medical debt can quickly become overwhelming if a person is so sick that they cannot work. This is especially true if a person is left permanently disabled or if they are facing a fatal illness. In these situations, a person might want to seek Social Security disability benefits. SSD benefits can be the lifeline they need to afford their daily living expenses while they combat their disease.

Source: iTech Post, "Health Care Spending Mostly Goes To Diabetes, Heart Disease And Back Pain," Duna Bil, Dec. 29, 2016

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