People with type 2 diabetes who don’t always have enough money for food have worse blood sugar control than people who don’t worry about where their next meal will come from, new research finds.
“We talk about healthy eating a lot in diabetes education, but we also need to talk about food accessibility. We need to ask, ‘Can you get these foods?’ ” said study author Britt Rotberg, assistant director of the Emory Diabetes Education Training Academy and the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program in Atlanta.
Rotberg presented the findings on Tuesday at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Boston. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Worrying about having enough food — dubbed “food insecurity” — is an issue for about 14 percent of households in the United States. But there are significant differences in food insecurity by race. Almost 24 percent of Hispanic households face food insecurity, while 26 percent of black households don’t always have enough to eat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In white households, that figure is 10 percent.
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