FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Medical costs for children
and teens with diabetes are six times higher than for other young
people in the United States, a new study finds.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention examined health insurance claims made in 2007 for nearly
50,000 youth aged 19 and younger, including 8,226 with
Annual medical expenses for youth with diabetes were $9,061,
compared with $1,468 for those without diabetes. Prescription drugs
and outpatient care accounted for much of the extra medical
The highest medical costs were for youth with diabetes who
required insulin, which included all those with type 1 diabetes and
some with type 2 diabetes. The annual medical expenses for those
who received insulin were $9,333, compared to $5,683 for youth with
diabetes who did not require insulin.
Medical costs for all Americans with diabetes, most of whom are
adults, are 2.3 times higher than for those without diabetes,
according to the CDC's 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet.
The diabetes-related difference in medical costs may be greater
among young people than adults due to higher medication costs,
visits to specialists and medical supplies such as insulin syringes
and glucose testing strips, according to the researchers.
They noted that 92 percent of youth with diabetes required
insulin, compared to 26 percent of adults with diabetes.
The study appears in the May issue of the journal
The American Diabetes Association has more about
children and diabetes.