Diabetes affects over 1 in 10 Americans and has become one of the leading causes of death. It has been predicted that 1 in 3 may have the condition.

Quick Diabetes Facts:

  • Every 30 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes
  • 2 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year
  • Over 34 million people in the US have diabetes
  • Over 8 million Americans are currently undiagnosed

This chronic condition requires constant medical attention to help control blood glucose levels that left untreated can have severe risks & consequences.

Patients spend an average of $16,752 per year which makes up one-quarter of all health care spending in the US.

While the financial burden can be overwhelming for many diabetics, the cost of leaving the condition untreated can pose serious health risks or even even fatal.

Thankfully with proper medical care and lifestyle changes, people with diabetes can delay or prevent any complications.

In this article we will look at the health costs when diabetes goes untreated.


Type 1 diabetes typically happens during childhood. Scientists have discovered that this type of diabetes usually results from the pancreas, the insulin producing organ, being attacked by the immune system.

Type 2 diabetes is more gradual and common among adults over 45 year old. Due to lack of proper medical treatment and health management often results in the pancreas no longer producing insulin.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 25% of the US population is undiagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes results from the bodies inability to produce insulin which is necessary to manage glucose (sugar) levels. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb and convert glucose into energy.

When left untreated, diabetics are at risk of having dangerously high levels of glucose in the blood which can result in experiencing symptoms from mood changes to organ damage.

If blood sugar is too high (hyperglycemia) for days or weeks, you may experience the following signs:

  • Fruity breath
  • Increased thirst
  • Drowsiness/Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach Pain

  • Confusion
  • Repeat skin infections
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness