Diabetes Forecast

The Far-Reaching Effects of Food Shortage

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Latinos with diabetes who worry about not having enough food to survive—known as “food insecurity”—report having a poorer diet and worse glucose control than those who don’t have that worry, a study found. Researchers asked 304 participants in a Latino diabetes education program if they’d had food insecurity in the past 30 days. Over half said they had. Those individuals were less likely to eat nonstarchy vegetables and also had an average A1C level—a measure of long-term glucose control—of 9.9 percent, versus 7.6 percent for those who felt secure in their food supply. The message for you: It’s important to talk about food worries with health care providers so they can better understand how to help you.



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