Table 6

Indirect burden of diabetes in the U.S., 2017 (in billions of dollars)

Cost componentProductivity lossTotal cost attributable to diabetes ($)Proportion of indirect costs*
Work days absent14 million days3.33.7%
Reduced performance at work114 million days26.929.7%
Reduced productivity days for those not in labor force14 million days2.32.6%
Reduced labor force participation due to disability182 million days37.541.7%
Mortality277,000 deaths19.922.1%
  • Data source: analysis of the NHIS (2014–2016), CPS (2016), CDC mortality data, and U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for 2016 and 2017.

  • * Numbers do not necessarily sum to totals because of rounding.