HealthDay News — In 2010, one in every 10 U.S. primary-care visits involved diabetes, with patients aged 25 to 44 years having the greatest rise in the condition, according to a data brief published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Center for Health Statistics.
Office-based visits for diabetes patients rose 20%, the researchers reported – from 94.4 to 113.3 million from 2005 to 2010. The number of office visits for patients with diabetes aged 25 to 44 years increased 34% between 2005 and 2010.
About 29 million Americans have diabetes, the CDC said, and managing the disease costs almost $245 billion each year. Since diabetes is linked to many other conditions such as heart disease, vision trouble, and stroke, many of these visits involved treatment for multiple problems, noted the investigators.
“Continuing to examine office-based physician visits by patients with diabetes is especially important given changes in standards of care that may influence such visits,” the CDC wrote.