Cardiovascular Disease Over Three Times More Costly Than Smoking to the U.S. in 2009

A new study tallies up what diseases will cost the U.S. in 2009. Here are five of the most expensive:

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  1. Cardiovascular Disease $313.8 billion in direct costs to the U.S. in 2009
  2. Mental Disorders $169.5 billion in direct costs to the U.S. in 2009
  3. Diabetes $118.7 billion in direct costs to the U.S. in 2009
  4. Obesity $114.1 billion in direct costs to the U.S. in 2009
  5. Smoking $96.6 billion in direct costs to the U.S. in 2009

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Source: The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health