WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gaps in private insurance coverage are common among American adults with type 1 diabetes, raising their risk for health crises, a new study finds.
“Type 1 diabetes requires intensive daily management in order to simply remain alive, so interruptions to care and coverage of insulin and supplies can pose a major risk,” said study leader Mary Rogers. She’s a research associate professor at the University of Michigan.
In people with this chronic condition, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to regulate blood sugar. About 1.25 million Americans have the disease.
The researchers analyzed data collected from early 2001 to mid-2015 from nearly 169,000 adults, ages 19 to 64, with type 1 diabetes.
One-quarter of them had at least one gap of 30 days or more in their private health insurance over an average period of three years.