Nearly a third of patients age 35 and older who were hospitalized in 2011 in California were diabetics, despite only 11.6 percent of people living in California having the chronic disease.
Not all patients were hospitalized for diabetes. However, these patients are more susceptible to complications such as vascular or retinal disease. They also require special measures to keep their blood sugar levels in check.
Diabetes is a growing concern. More than 90 percent of diabetics have type 2 diabetes, a condition often caused by obesity, poor eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. People with diabetes are at greater risk for complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, neuropathy, dementia, and cancer. In fact, diabetics are twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer than non-diabetics.
People with diabetes often require medication to help control their blood sugar levels. These medications can carry serious side effects. Recently, drug maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals was ordered to pay $9 billion in damages to a man who said the type 2 diabetes drug caused him to develop bladder cancer. The lawsuit alleged the company was aware of the risks but failed to warn consumers.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating cases of acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer with the type 2 diabetes drugs Januvia and Byetta. The agency said that it would announce its findings and any recommendations after completing its review.
Source: LA Times