Rise of Diabetes among Young Adults are becoming common

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People suffering from diabetes are getting much younger than before.  According to a report released on Wednesday showed that younger people are now showing up in s hospital in Pennsylvania.  This should not be the case only if they were able to act upon it earlier.

People that are going to the hospital have risen to 13 percent in the past 17 years but the rise has been steeper — more than 30 percent — among younger Pennsylvanians, the report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council says.

Most of these young adults are living an unhealthy lifestyle thus contributing to the growing prevalence of diabetes, doctors say. Plus, younger people are less likely to visit doctors for checkups, causing some to go undiagnosed.

“By the time they’re worried about it, their diabetes is out of control,” said Dr. Bankim Bhatt, chief of endocrinology at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

The report was released during American Diabetes Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the increasingly prevalent, but insufficiently diagnosed, health condition. More than 30 million adults in the country are suffering from diabetes and some of them are not even diagnosed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 in 10 people in the Lehigh Valley have diabetes, according to the CDC.

In 2016, more than 24,200 people from Pennsylvania were admitted to the hospital for diabetes treatment.  This cost around $205 million, according to the report. Most of the patients were under 45 years old. The rate of hospital stays slightly declined for those 45 and older, likely due to improved management of the condition and regular visits to the doctor.

Usually, people only began going to the hospital when they are having serious condition and sometimes it is too late. “Around that age, people realize, ‘I’m no longer 20. I need to take care of myself,’” Bhatt said.

Diabetes is a chronic condition, which might result to a much serious condition if left untreated for years.  The patient could suffer from heart disease, stroke, amputation, vision loss and kidney disease because the body can’t properly turn food into energy, which causes dangerous sugar buildup in the blood. It is true that it can’t be cured, but can be controlled though medication, insulin and a healthy lifestyle. From 2000 to 2016, 40,000 Pennsylvanians had diabetes-related amputations, the report said.

Obesity, poverty and lack of access to care and healthy foods are major factors to the rising prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, which is partly caused by lifestyle choices. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune reaction that prevents the body from making insulin, and can’t be prevented with lifestyle changes.

If you want to know whether you have diabetes or not then you need to go to the doctor for a checkup.  Only then, you would be able to know whether you have the disease.  Otherwise, you would be left clueless on what is happening to you.

young person with type 2 diabetes may have no symptoms. If there are symptoms, these are usually mild and in most cases develop gradually. High blood glucose levels may cause symptoms like thirst and passing lots of urine, says NDSS.

If one of your family has it then you would need to have a talk with a doctor sooner before it is too late, said Dr. Marc Vengrove, chief of endocrinology at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Vengrove  noted that most of the people with diabetes don’t have a clue. They haven’t taken care of themselves right.

Some patients have trouble affording the treatments to keep their diabetes under control, Vengrove said. And that’s when they return to the hospital.

“Most of the time that people are readmitted, it’s [because of] economic issues,” he said.

Sources: The Morning Call, National Diabetes Service Scheme