Hospitalizations increase among females with type 2 diabetes

As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of women who are hospitalized for type 2 diabetes-related problems is also increasing.

A recent study published in the Journal of Women's Health found that the number of young women who went to the hospital for diabetes care more than doubled from 1993 to 2006. Females between the ages of 30 and 39 were 1.3 times more likely to be hospitalized during this time frame than men.

Joyce Lee, the University of Michigan researcher who led the investigation, said that the increase in hospitalizations mirrors the rise in obesity rates during the same period. Additionally, diabetes is beginning to affect more women because they are more likely to be obese.

"We need more diabetes prevention interventions targeting the young adult population, and women in particular, to prevent further increases in diabetes," she said. "In addition, we need more medical care interventions to improve the overall health of young adults with diabetes. Our findings suggest that further attention must be paid to the young adult population."

She added that, unless these initiatives are instituted, the costs associated with diabetes and obesity care will put a crippling financial strain on individuals as well as public health resources.