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Diabetics Can Be Adversely Affected By Lack Of Access To Nutritious Foods

December 14, 2009: 09:00 AM EST
Household food insecurity (HFI)– the lack of access to safe and nutritious foods – creates serious health challenges for diabetics, new Canadian research finds. HFI can be caused by limited income, poor access to fresh fruits and vegetables, or lack of familiar ethnic foods. The researchers also found that HFI was linked with mood disorders, lower satisfaction with life and higher self-perceived stress levels. Two groups of diabetics were especially vulnerable to HFI: adults under the age of 40 and women between ages 12 to 45. Note also: HFI rates were higher for people on welfare, whether diabetics or not.
Enza Gucciardi, et al., "Exploration Between Household Food Insecurity and Diabetes in Canada", Diabetes Care, December 14, 2009, © American Diabetes Association
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