Diabetes Hospitalizes More Young Adults
Study Also Shows Greater Increase in Diabetes Hospitalizations for Women Than for Men
Nov. 28, 2007 -- Diabetes is causing more young
adults to be hospitalized than in past generations, new diabetes research
A new study charts a 38% spike in diabetes-related hospitalizations from
1993 to 2004 among people younger than 30.
Young adults in their 20s accounted for that trend. Diabetes
hospitalizations held steady for kids and teens during the years
The trend may be just beginning, note the University of Michigan's Joyce
Lee, MD, MPH, and colleagues.
They write that they have "great concern" about rising childhood obesity, which may lead to more
cases of type 2 diabetes -- and more
diabetes hospitalizations -- in tomorrow's young adults.
Lee's team also discovered that the rise in diabetes hospitalizations was
steeper for women than for men.
Women's diabetes hospitalizations soared by 42%, compared with a 29%
increase for men. The reason for that pattern isn't clear.
Data came from a national database of hospital discharge records.
Those diabetes hospitalization statistics don't separate out cases related
to type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They also don't include anyone treated on an
outpatient basis for diabetes.
The study appears in December's edition of Diabetes Care.