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Lower-Income Diabetics Face Challenges

July 16, 2016
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Millions of Americans have diabetes. Millions more may face diabetes in the future. Treating diabetes is a lifelong challenge.

A new study shows that diabetics who live in lower income communities have more problems. They have a much higher rate of amputation of a lower limb.

A doctor said that lower-income patients are less informed about diabetes care and have less access to healthy food.

Good medical care should help. States that have the new Enhanced Medicaid program should see fewer amputations in the future.

Commenters have other views. Life is often stressful for lower-income people. It is difficult to follow a healthy diet. Jobs and family issues are often distracting. Weight is a big problem.

Insulin helps diabetics. However, some people do not believe taking insulin will help them.

One expert said that it is important for diabetics to trust the sources of information and to manage their cases. This includes good nutrition. Introducing fruits, nuts, and vegetables into the family diet is not easy. Physical activity is also very important.

Education is most important. High rates of amputation are not just a sign of poor medical care. Diabetics have to understand how serious the disease is. A commenter said, “Managing diabetes is not like having a disease where you take your medicine, get better, and you are done. It is day in, day out, for the rest of your life. That is hard for anyone.”

Source: The New York Times August 6, 2014

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