The latest Blue Cross Blue Shield Association or BCBSA study shows that diabetes impact continues to increase and is growing most rapidly among members age 18 through 34. The 4.7% growth in diabetes impact for younger adults from the time period of 2013 through 2015 corresponds to this age group’s spike in obesity rates, a key contributor to the onset of diabetes.
Diabetes ranks 3rd in terms of its health impact nationally on quality of life and charges for the commercially insured population among the more than 200 conditions measured by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Health Index. The “health impact” of a particular condition depicts the prevalence and instensity for that condition as well as the years of life lost because of the disability and threat of premature death.
The report, “Diabetes and the Commercially Insured U.S. Population,” reflects an analysis of the BCBS Health Index data on diabetes which leverages the claims of more than forty million BCBS members.
The BCBSA study also seeks that:
“This report distinctively quantifies the health impact of diabetes on the longevity and quality of life,” stated Dr. Trent Haywood, senior vice president and chief medical officer for BCBSA. “Despite the affect of diabetes’ continued growth across America, the great news is that this epidemic is preventable. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country are continuing to give members with services and tools to proactively stop diabetes through effective diet and disease management.”
For more than 85 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have been actively engaged in the health of their communities. Stopping the continued spread of diabetes in America is a key priority, as BCBS companies work to make better access to medical care and healthy lifestyle options in their communities.
This is the 14th BCBSA study of the Blue Cross Blue Shield: The Health of America Report® series, a collaboration between BCBSA and Blue Health Intelligence, which uses a market-leading claims database to reveal key trends and insights into health care affordability and access to care.
For further information, visit https://www.bcbs.com/the-health-of-america/reports.
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