Housing Insecurity Predictive of Poor Glycemic Control

People with type 2 diabetes who faced housing insecurity had worse glycemic outcomes, a new study found.

Among adults with type 2 diabetes in Northern California, those who had at least one address change in a year showed significantly higher rates of HbA1c over 9% compared with those with no address change (27.2% vs 21.4%, P=0001), reported Tainayah Thomas, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland.

In an adjusted model, this equated to a 14% higher relative risk of having an HbA1c above 9% (RR 1.14, 95% CI 1.05-1.25), Thomas explained at the virtual European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2020 meeting.

“Implications of our study are that an address change may be an early warning sign of housing insecurity or stress that could be used to trigger screening or other intervention,” she said during a press conference.

Likewise, those with one or more

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