The Five Most Expensive Diseases and the Animals Helping to Combat Them

The United States spends over one trillion dollars each year on healthcare, but did you know that over 80% of this spending results from combatting just five diseases? NABR has compiled a must-see review of the United States’ five most expensive diseases—heart disease, diabetes, dementia, cancer and obesity—which collectively, cost the country $832 billion per year. This massive expense, paired with an aging population and rising health concerns, confirms that animal research will continue to play a vital role in not only curing disease but also in keeping the cost of healthcare down.

Animal studies involving mice, rats, dogs, cats and other species have paved the way for medical discoveries that have saved countless lives from the aforementioned diseases, while helping to decrease healthcare costs for everyday Americans.

With healthcare costs at $193 billion, heart disease ranks as the most expensive disease in the U.S. Thankfully with the development of coronary bypass surgery through studies with dogs, the mortality rate of heart disease has decreased by 50% in the past 30 years.

Animal research has also made strong contributions to understanding and treating diabetes, a disease prominent in both humans and our beloved pets. Other studies involving rats and mice have allowed researchers to develop therapies for dementia, screening and fighting cancer, and tackling obesity.

Without animal research, these diseases would lead to a continued rise in healthcare costs for millions of people around the country. Click here to read more about the role animals play in keeping healthcare costs down for the nation’s five most expensive diseases.