Productivity and economic burden associated with diabetes

Am J Public Health. 2001 Jan;91(1):129-30. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.1.129.


Objectives: This report assessed the cost and burden of diabetes in broad terms of economic status, underlying disability, and barriers to health care--that is, as reflected in employment, income, disability days, general health status, and access to medical care.

Methods: We used the 1990 to 1995 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey in Oklahoma to compare persons with diabetes with age-, sex-, and race/ethnicity-matched respondents without diabetes.

Results: Persons with diabetes were significantly and substantially worse off on all economic, disability, and access measures.

Conclusions: Compared with nondiabetic persons, diabetic persons have fewer resources to deal with higher levels of disability and poorer health status.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / economics*
  • Efficiency
  • Employment
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Oklahoma