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Low Incomes Tied to Low Blood Glucose


Americans who struggle to make ends meet may be more likely to have blood glucose lows (hypoglycemia), a study found. Researchers analyzed 2.5 million inpatient admissions in California between 2000 and 2008, comparing the hospitalizations of high-income and low-income patients. People with diabetes who had low incomes were 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia in the last week of the month compared with the first week, while hospitalization rates for those with higher incomes remained the same throughout the month. This finding suggests that running out of money or food, which is more likely to occur at the end of the month while awaiting a paycheck or benefit payment, may spur episodes of low blood glucose.
Source: Health Affairs, January 2014



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