Diabetes Forecast

Those Under 40 Skip Checkups

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
young lady going over notes with doctor at office


Many people with diabetes under age 40 don’t get the recommended medical care, a national survey found. Researchers interviewed more than 34,500 adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in 2013. Nearly 20 percent of people ages 18 to 39 said they hadn’t seen a health provider in the past six months, compared with 11 percent of those ages 40 to 64 and 7 percent of seniors age 65 and older. Also worrisome: Nearly a third of the 18- to 39-year-olds weren’t taking any medication to control their glucose levels, while only 14 percent of older adults used no diabetes medications. The American Diabetes Association recommends that all people with diabetes see a health care provider at least twice a year, and more often for those on intensive insulin therapy.  
Source: National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, published online Feb. 3, 2015



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