Younger Patients With Diabetes Skipping Doctors' Visits

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Younger Patients With Diabetes Skipping Doctors' Visits
Younger Patients With Diabetes Skipping Doctors' Visits

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

"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 researchers wrote.

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 years 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 with 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 years, to 86.5% of those aged older than 65 years.

"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 researchers wrote.

Reference

  1. Villarroel MA et al. Health Care Utilization Among U.S. Adults With Diagnosed Diabetes, 2013. NCHS Data Brief. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db183.pdfPublished February 2015. Published February 2015. Accessed February 2015.
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