Sudden Jump in Type 2 Diabetes in Children

By FAIR Health, Special for  USDR

Private health insurance claim lines with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis more than doubled in the pediatric population (ages 0 to 22 years) from 2011 to 2015, increasing 109 percent, according to data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. This finding, reported in the new FAIR Health white paper, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes as Documented in Private Claims Data: Spotlight on This Growing Issue among the Nation’s Youth, runs counter to the common appellation of “adult-onset diabetes” for type 2  diabetes.

Drawing on FAIR Health’s database of over 21 billion privately billed healthcare claims, the new report shows that claim lines with a diagnosis of obesity, a condition that contributes to type 2 diabetes, also increased across the pediatric population from 2011 to 2015. The largest increase among pediatric patients is 154 percent, in the age group 19 to 22  years.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.