No-cost Drugs Help Diabetics in Many Ways

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Did you say free medication? Researchersat the University of MichiganHealth System in Ann Arbor found thatangiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)inhibitors are so helpful that providingthem free to 8 million patients 65 and overwith diabetes would pay big dividends.Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine(July 19, 2005), the researchers saidthat medication free of charge would dothe following:

  • Increase the number of individualsusing the drugs
  • Prevent more heart attacks, strokes,and kidney failure in those individuals
  • Save the Medicare system millionsof dollars by reducing treatment forlife-threatening illnesses

The analysis indicated that free medicationto seniors with the disease couldproduce a Medicare cost savings of$1606 over each individual's life. Thepatients also would live longer, the investigatorsreported.

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