An expensive condition
Even for those of us with Cadillac health care plans, having chronic illnesses is expensive. And if obesity leads to the development of several chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and chronic arthritis, you could easily spend thousands of dollars yearly on medications and devices.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you know the pharmaceutical companies are spending millions of dollars trying to sell you very expensive medications. And if you require insulin, you very quickly become aware of the fact that insulins are not available in generic form, and a vial of insulin will costs $300. Because type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, the chances are that when insulin is used, the necessary doses will be very high, requiring several vial of insulin monthly.
For those patients on insulin or multiple pills for diabetes, the changes we make in your diet will yield benefits in reducing medications within days to weeks. Many of our patients have commented that they saved so much on drug costs that it more than payed for the program within the first three months.
For those individuals who are not yet on medications, the improvements in health brought about by sustained weight loss will prevent the need to start on medications.
The average out of pocket cost for the program is approximately $2000. This cost pales in comparison to the out of pocket cost for a knee replacement, epidural injections for back pain, or the costs of bariatric surgery.