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Type 2 diabetes-related hospitalizations increasing

Cases of reported type 2 diabetes are increasing across the country. As these numbers rise, so too do the number of people who experience potentially serious complications.

Health officials in San Diego County recently reported that the state has seen an increase in the number of unnecessary hospitalizations for diabetes-related complications, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The numbers suggest that as more people develop the condition, fewer are getting the care that they need.

The report indicates that the number of hospitalizations for diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration, coma, kidney failure, nervous system problems and appendage amputations increased by 8 percent between 1999 and 2008.

"It's certainly something the county would want to ask, why these are going up," Michael Kassis, who wrote the report for the country, told the news source. "In the long-term complications (for diabetes), the questions would be whether people have adequate access to care and if they are actually following that treatment if they do have access to care."

Nationally, the number of people hospitalized for type 1 or type 2 diabetes-related causes has been steadily increasing since the mid-1990s.

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