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The Link Between Economic Insecurity and Diabetes Control

Reuters reports a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine which reveals that patients without reliable sources for food and medication are more likely to have poorly controlled diabetes. Despite increased healthcare access under the Affordable Care Act, some low-income patients have trouble obtaining proper food and medication due to income restraints. Out of 411 participants, 46 percent had uncontrolled diabetes and approximately 40 percent reported having difficulty getting food, medication, or other necessary items. 64 percent of those reporting an unstable food supply had uncontrolled diabetes compared to 42 percent of those who had a proper food supply. Overall, the study found that the more economic insecurities the patient had, the less control the patient had over the disease.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.