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Hospitalizations Way Up for Young Adults With Diabetes
Date:10/17/2010

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations for diabetes in the United States rose 65 percent over a recent 14-year span, with young adults -- and young women in particular -- accounting for much of that surge, a new study shows.

The number of 30- to 39-year-olds hospitalized for diabetes more than doubled between 1993 and 2006, the researchers found. Young women in that age bracket and also those aged 20 to 29 were 1.3 times more likely than men to need hospital care for diabetes, they said.

"What we saw were dramatic increases in diabetes-related hospitalizations for 30- to 39-year olds and particularly for women in that age group compared to men," said study leader Dr. Joyce M. Lee, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

The numbers came as no surprise to Dr. Fouad Kandeel, chair of the department of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.

"Diabetes is on the rise worldwide," he said. "We are living in a pandemic of diabetes. We don't have the resources to combat it. Diabetes is happening earlier and earlier."

The research was published online Oct. 12 in the Journal of Women's Health.

Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Lee looked at hospitalization data that included diabetes as a primary or secondary diagnosis during that time period. The hospitalizations were assumed to be diabetes-related, Lee said. For instance, diabetics are more likely to get infections, so they might be hospitalized for pneumonia.

Pregnancy often triggers diabetes in women, but their higher hospitalization rate continued even after excluding pregnancy-related hospitalizations. But after 50, men were more likely to be hospitalized.

Lee conducted the research because of general concern about rising rates of diabetes, particularly in a younger population, and ob
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