Researchers examined the study from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey to quantify emergency department visits by patients aged 45 years and older with diabetes. The researchers found that in 2015 people with diabetes aged 45 years and older made an estimated 12 million emergency department visits, a rate of 92 per 1,000 persons.

From 2012 to 2015, the percentage of all emergency department visits by patients aged 45 and older increased for those with diabetes. Those aged 75 and older had a diabetes emergency department visit rate that was about 2.5 times higher than the rate for those aged 45 to 64 years.

Overall, 24% of the diabetes emergency department visits for those aged 45 to 64 years had Medicare as the primary expected source of payment, compared with 14 percent of those for patients without diabetes in the same age group. Author told, "22% of the diabetes emergency department visits for those aged 45 to 64 ended in hospital admission compared with 12 percent of the visits by patients without diabetes in that age group.”

An estimated 30 million Americans have diabetes, of whom 26 million are aged 45 and over. Healthy eating and exercise can prevent diabetes progression. Around 12 million emergency department (ED) visits in 2015 were by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes, representing 24% of ED visits by patients aged 45 and over and 80% of diabetes ED visits by patients of all ages.

This analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data shows that in 2015, 12 million ED visits were made by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes, accounting for around one-quarter of all ED visits by patients aged 45 and over.

The diabetes ED visit rate was 92 per 1,000 persons for patients aged 45 and over, which was about 6 times higher than the diabetes ED visit rate for those under age 45. The percentage of all ED visits made by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes was highest for those aged 65–74, followed by 75 and over, and then by those aged 45–64 in all years from 2010 to 2015.

The percentage of all ED visits made by patients with diabetes increased from 2010 to 2015, with the largest increases occurring from 2013–2015 in all age groups.About one-quarter of the diabetes ED visits for those aged 45–64 had Medicare as the primary expected source of payment compared to 14% of visits for patients aged 45–64 without diabetes. A higher percentage of diabetes ED visits for those aged 45 and over ended in hospital admission (28%) than non-diabetes ED visits (17%).