The Motley Fool's health care show "Market Checkup" focuses this week on diabetes, one of America's growing health care concerns. There are 2 versions of this chonic disease -- the more prevalent being type 2 diabetes, which makes up about 95% of all cases. Because of that overwhelming patient population, type 2 diabetes receives the majority of attention from big pharma companies.
Diabetes is no small problem. In 2010, one in ten adults has diabetes, and more troubling, more than one in four senior citizens, making it the seventh leading cause of death. There are 2 million new cases in America per year, leading analysts to project spending on diabetes to approach $60 billion in just 5 years. And this isn't just an American problem; 370 million suffer from diabetes around the world.
In this video health care analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso discusses a big pharma stock that is essentially a diabetes pure play in Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO). Watch and discover what potential game-changing treatment options Novo has in its pipeline as it tries to maintain a dominant position in diabetes treatment.
Rising health care costs continue to be a hotly debated topic, and even legendary investor Warren Buffett called this trend "the tapeworm that's eating at American competitiveness." To learn more about what's happening to the health care system -- and how to potentially profit from this trend -- click here for free, immediate access.
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