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Hospitalizations involving diabetes—either as the reason for admission or as a secondary diagnosis—rose 16.7 percent in Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001.
Those hospitalizations represented 16.5 percent of all the state's hospital admissions in 2001, up from 14.7 percent in 1997. The highest rates were for African-Americans, admitted for diabetes, kidney disease and amputations.
In other findings:
—Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) news release, November 1, 2002
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