Diabetes Hospitalizations Rise Among Young Adults

Study finds greater increases among young women than among young men
By Beth Gilbert
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations associated with diabetes have significantly increased among young adults, in particular young women, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in the Journal of Women's Health.

Joyce M. Lee, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues evaluated hospital discharges with a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 1993 and 2006.

During the 14-year period, the investigators found that discharges associated with diabetes increased 65.3 percent. The data also revealed that the largest increase in hospitalizations occurred among adults 30-39 years of age (102 percent increase). Among young adults, after excluding pregnancy-related hospitalizations, increases among women were approximately 1.3 times greater than increases among men. Though women had overall higher rates of hospitalizations associated with diabetes than men, the researchers found evidence of an age by sex association. Adjusting for inflation, charges for hospitalizations with diabetes increased 220 percent over the 14-year period.

"Large increases in diabetes hospitalizations occurring among adults aged 30-39 years and young women signal a shift in the hospital burden of diabetes," the authors write.

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