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Report from Midwest Health Initiative Shows Prevalence of Type2 Diabetes Among Commercially Insured Adults in Missouri

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A new report from the Midwest Health Initiative (MHI) shows the overall prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among commercially insured adults 18 to 64 years old to be 5.2 percent. Researchers used medical claims from the MHI dataset to calculate rates of type 2 diabetes in every Missouri county and zip code.

The MHI dataset represents paid claims for about 2.2 million commercially insured people from Missouri and its bordering metropolitan areas annually. Data is contributed by nine data suppliers who submit fully-insured and self-insured claims. A subset of the dataset representing 1,153,069 adults ages 18 to 64 residing in Missouri during calendar year 2019 was used to assess the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and other findings in this report.

The report found that commercially insured Missourians with type 2 diabetes are nearly 4 times more likely than non-diabetes patients to receive emergency room care, and 2.69 times more likely to be hospitalized. MHI data shows an average 2019 statewide cost of $14,791 for adults with diabetes, as compared to $5,568 for those without diabetes, or 2.6 times less. The study’s statistical models also show that social factors as well as age were associated with disease prevalence, adherence to recommended screening tests and emergency department visits.

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