More Young Adults With Diabetes Hospitalized

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Obesity is taking a hefty toll on the health of children and young adults, leaving more Americans facing the burden of a lifetime of diabetes care and management.

This trend also is leading to significant increases in hospitalizations among young adults with diabetes - and that's costing Medicaid and private insurers billions each year in hospital fees, according to researchers at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.


A new study - published in the December issue of Diabetes Care - finds that the number of children and young adults with diabetes who were hospitalized from 1993 to 2004 increased 38 percent. During that period, hospital charges for diabetes care for children and young adults also swelled, from $1.05 billion in 1993 to $2.42 billion in 2004.

Plus, researchers say, rates of hospitalization were higher among young women with diabetes than for young men.

Lead study author Joyce Lee, M.D., MPH, a pediatric endocrinologist and member of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit in the U-M Division of General Pediatrics, says these findings reflect the recent epidemic of childhood obesity and the increasing burden of diabetes among young adults.

"The number of young adults hospitalized with diabetes in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past decade, along with the rate of childhood obesity," says Lee.