Young Diabetics Frequent Skip Doctor Visits

19% of young adults with diabetes in the U.S. hadn't seen a health care provider in the last 6 months.
19% of young adults with diabetes in the U.S. hadn't seen a health care provider in the last 6 months.

(HealthDay News) -- One in every five young American adults with diabetes hasn't seen a doctor in the past 6 months, according to a February data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Researchers at the CDC looked at 2013 government health data on 3,589 adults with diabetes. They found that adherence to care recommendations rose with age: 81.1% of people aged 18 to 39 had seen a health care professional over the past 6 months, compared to 88.9% of those aged 40 to 64, and 93.3% of those aged 65 or older.

Young patients were much less likely to have consulted with either an eye or foot doctor over the past year, compared to older patients. The researchers also found that the number of patients taking a diabetes medication rose with age -- from about 71% of those aged 18 to 39, to 86.5% of those over 65.

"Ongoing medical care is recommended for persons of any age who have diabetes in order to manage levels of glucose, obtain preventive care services, and treat diabetes-related complications," the authors write.

Source

  1. NCHS Data Brief Number 183, February 2015.
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