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Poverty, poor diabetes management go hand-in-hand: study

December 30, 2014
by Steven Ross Johnson
Modern Healthcare

Social determinants have been associated with an increase in certain risk factors, such as smoking, stress and obesity. Those risk factors make it more difficult to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, which affects about 29 million Americans. An analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health released in September found obesity—a major risk factor for the onset of Type 2 diabetes—affected low-income Americans at a greater rate than more affluent groups. More than 33% of adults earning less than $15,000 annually were obese, compared with 25% of those making more than $50,000 a year, it found. 

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